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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157730
Last updated: 13 November 2018
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Date:27-MAR-1945
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Liberator Mk II
Owner/operator:45 Gp Comm Squadron Royal Air Force (45 Gp Comm Sqn RAF)
Registration: AL504
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near the Azores -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:RAF Northolt, Middlesex
Destination airport:RCAF Ottawa
Narrative:
RAF Liberator AL504 was one of the best-known individual aircraft of WW II. Named 'Commando' the plane was fitted out as a VIP transport. It had carried many high ranking officials, including Prime Minister Churchill.

On the 27th of March, 1945 the plane went missing over the Atlantic in the vicinity of the Azores, while on a flight to Canada.
No trace of the aircraft was ever found and the cause of the disappearance was never able to be determined.

Among the officials on board was Commander Rupert Brabner DSO DSC RNVR, Member of the House of Commons and Under-Secretary of State for Air.
In 1941/1942 Rupert Brabner had become a Fleet Air Arm fighter ace, shooting down 5 enemy aircraft in battles over the Mediterranean Sea.

according to Wikipedia article on missing plane: RAF Costal Command spotted 150-200 miles {130-170 nmi; 240-320 KM} northwest of the Azones yellow dinghies; a small amount of wreckage and a oil slick-but no survivors

Sources:

Royal Navy Casualties, killed and died-1945
http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/19223-raf-australians-killed-ww2-who-and-what-i-have-found-so-far/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Jul-2013 09:46 angels one five Added
26-Jul-2013 16:46 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
16-Sep-2013 09:14 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location]
09-May-2015 13:12 Angel dot comma Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]
17-Nov-2016 18:00 Nomann Updated [Narrative]

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