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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48678
Last updated: 7 February 2021
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Date:09-JAN-1945
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24J Liberator
Owner/operator:5 OTU RCAF
Registration: KH173
C/n / msn: 1329
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean, near Bell island, British Columbia -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Station Abbotsford (IATA: YXX)
Destination airport:RCAF Station Abbotsford (IATA: YXX)
Narrative:
On January 9, 1945, Liberator KH173 AZ departed RCAF Station Abbotsford, British Columbia, with an all Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve crew. The mission was a routine cross-country training flight near Vancouver Island. For undetermined reasons, the aircraft descended through cloud and crashed into the sea near Bell Island, British Columbia. Following an intensive air and sea search, only bits of wreckage and some personal effects were recovered. No trace of the eleven crew members was ever found.

Sources:

Air Enthusiast 50
Canada's Wings 2, The Liberator and Fortress; Carl Vincent
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?14195-Crew-list-of-Liberator-KH173-of-5-OTU-RCAF-lost-on-9-January-1945


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Dec-2008 08:33 ASN archive Added
05-Nov-2014 16:55 INV Updated [Operator]
14-Apr-2015 07:20 Yukonjack Updated [Cn, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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