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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21606
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:04-JUL-1943
Time:23:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24C Liberator Mk II
Owner/operator:511 Sqn RAF
Registration: AL523
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:In sea, 1/2 mile E of RAF North Front -   Gibraltar
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:RAF North Front
Destination airport:RAF Hendon
Narrative:
Crashed into the Mediterranean only 16 seconds after take off. General Władysław Sikorski, Polish Prime Minister and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Forces in Exile, was killed in the crash along with his daughter Zofia and fourteen others.
Only the pilot, F/O (112.323) Eduard PRCHAL survived the accident which is believed to have been caused by some sort of failure of the control system.
The exact cause of the crash has never been ascertained.

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%82adys%C5%82aw_Sikorski
- Air Britain: RAF Aircraft AA100 - AZ999, published 2000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1943_Gibraltar_B-24_crash


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jul-2008 02:52 Bleiente Added
10-Apr-2010 12:58 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Apr-2010 23:51 angels one five Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Apr-2010 01:14 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]
27-Apr-2010 01:18 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
03-Jan-2012 06:16 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2012 01:04 angels one five Updated [Operator]
05-Jan-2012 01:09 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location]
08-Jan-2012 10:54 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Narrative]
04-Feb-2012 08:25 Nepa Updated [Operator]
13-Nov-2012 11:51 gerard57 Updated [Total occupants, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
28-May-2013 08:05 angels one five Updated [Operator, Location]
01-Aug-2013 19:44 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
06-Jan-2014 07:43 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
09-May-2015 13:10 Angel dot comma Updated [Time, Operator]
11-May-2015 01:50 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport]
11-May-2015 06:57 Angel Dick one Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
20-May-2015 01:47 angels one five Updated [Time, Operator]
21-May-2015 09:22 Erectus Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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