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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27876
Last updated: 21 November 2018
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Date:05-OCT-1945
Time:12:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24J Liberator GR Mk VI
Owner/operator:311 Squadron Royal Air Force (311 Sqn RAF)
Registration: KG867
C/n / msn: 963
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elvetham, 2 km east of Hartley Wintney, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Blackbushe (EGLK)
Destination airport:Praha - Ruzyně
Narrative:
During take-off, a petrol pipe feeding the port inner engine ruptured and fuel ignited in the engine nacelle. It seems probable that the co-pilot operated the wrong fire extinguisher but at this critical stage of flight, the pilot was unable to control the aircraft and, although it became airborne, it crashed out of control and was gutted by fire. Checks after the accident revealed that the aircraft had been very poorly maintained with little attention to the daily maintenance and servicing requirements.

The passengers were all Czech civilians being flown home to Prague, having agreed to repatriation at the war's end. They included five very young children and the wife of the flight engineer, a 19 year old Czech woman, Edita Sedláková (née Hermannová), who was a WAAF LACW attached to 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron. She was not included in the aircraft's passenger manifest and was probably smuggled aboard by the crew.

Casualty List:
P/O Jaroslav KUDLÁČEK (pilot) RAFVR
W/O Antonin BROŽ (Co-pilot) RAFVR
P/O Karel RYBNÍČEK (nav.) RAFVR
F/Sgt Zdenak SEDLÁK (Flight Engineer) RAFVR
F/O Bohumil VAVERKA (Wop) RAFVR

Eva ŠAFRÁNKOVÁ 6
Jiří ROSENBLUM 2
Marene SOBESLAVSKA 1
Margite SOBESLAVSKY 30
Marta OBRAZOVA 37
Otto TRINKS 37
Marina PAULING 46
Michal RICHTER 40
Ruzena LICHTENSTEINOVA 25
Antonie SAFRONKOVA 33
Otto SCHWARZ 45
LACW Editha SEDLÁKOVÁ 19
Irma TRINKSOVA 28
Vladislav SOBESLAVSKY 1
Helena WODAKOVA 24
Helena ZALUD 2
Margaret SOBESLAVSKY ZAULD 27

Sources:

Book 'The Price of Peace'
Na nebi hrdého Albionu - Jiří Rajlich
- JF Baugher
"The Times", Monday 8 October 1945
"The Scotsman", Monday 8 October 1945
"The People", Sunday 7 October 1945


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
31-Jan-2010 10:28 RICARDO Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2011 02:22 Anon. Updated [Source]
13-Nov-2011 05:59 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2012 07:04 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2012 13:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source]
29-May-2015 06:29 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2017 07:23 Hugh Jaeger Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Oct-2017 07:23 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]

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