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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25084
Last updated: 8 December 2019
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Date:15-FEB-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24A Liberator Mk I
Owner/operator:BOAC
Registration: G-AGDR
C/n / msn: 9
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, off the Eddystone Lighthouse, SSW of Plymouth, Devon -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:RAF Cairo, Egypt
Destination airport:RAF Hurn, Dorset
Narrative:
AM918 (ex 40-2357) s/n 9 was converted to Liberator C.Mk.I and assigned to the RAF Ferry Command. Assigned to BOAC with registration G-AGDR. In May 1941, it was delivered to England by Ferry Command (Pilot: W/C John Francis).

On 2425 January 1942, B-24 Liberator AM918 (after being transfered to BOAC with civil registry G-AGDR) flew nonstop from Hurn to Cairo. However, on its return trip, it was shot down in error by a Spitfire over the English Channel, off the Eddystone Lighthouse, 23 Km south-south-west of Plymouth on 15 February 1942 with all nine on board killed, including BOAC Captain R.H. Page, four other crew members and four passengers. RAF said the Spitfire pilot was a Polish citizen who misinterpreted the aircraft and thought it was an enemy airplane. Following this tragedy, RAF Authorities increased the aircraft reconnaissance training to avoid such situation.

Registration G-AGDR formally cancelled by the CAA on 15.2.42 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://www.rafdavidstowmoor.com/pages/crash_log/crashlog42.html
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_Liberator_I#Aircraft
3. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AGDR.pdf
4. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1940.html
5. http://www.rafb24.com/index.php/the-liberator/b-24indetail/4586-consolidated-b-24a-liberatorlb-30b
6. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1942/archives/crash-of-a-consolidated-b-24-liberator-in-manche-9-killed/]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
11-Jan-2012 15:17 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2013 11:55 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2013 12:03 Uli Elch Updated [Narrative]
02-Mar-2014 22:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2015 13:50 DB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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