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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 210506
Last updated: 27 April 2020
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Date:16-JAN-1946
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated LB-30 Liberator
Owner/operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC)
Registration: AL597
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador -   Canada
Phase: Landing
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Destination airport:Goose Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada
Narrative:
Consolidated LB-30 Liberator AL597: Built for the RAF to a British Purchasing Commission order as AL597 (hence no USAAF serial number; lend-lease aircraft were allocated a USAAF number before being handed over the RAF).

Transferred to the BOAC fleet by/on 31/12/45, based at Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Written off (damaged beyond repair) in an accident landing at Goose Bay 16/01/46: On landing in Goose Bay Airport, the aircraft hit a snowdrift and came to rest, with the undercarriage torn off. There were no casualties but the aircraft was written off. According to one source, the pilot was "snow blinded" - dazzled by the reflected glare of the snow while on landing approach into the low sun, causing him to misjudge his approach. Struck off charge 27/02/46

NOTE:Some published sources differ - stating "AL597 to BOAC Mar 23, 1944, for spares source" (See link #4) implying that it was never used operationally by BOAC. It certainly does not seem to have aspired to a civilian registration, and the only known photographs of AL597 show it in RAF markings and mostly black "bomber camouflage"

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.27 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-consolidated-lb-32-3-liberator-ii-goose-bay
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b24_5.html
4. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/boacfleetlist.pdf
5. https://www.456fis.org/HISTORY_OF_THE_B-24.htm
6. http://www.doug-and-dusty.com/production.htm
7. http://ww2talk.com/index.php?threads/the-liberator-lb-30-mk-ii.16437/#post-188551


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-May-2018 17:20 Dr. John Smith Added
23-Oct-2019 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Oct-2019 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
23-Oct-2019 22:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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