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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 90379
Last updated: 23 February 2021
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Date:02-MAY-1945
Time:2:50 L/T
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24 Liberator.
Owner/operator:355 Squadron Royal Air Force (355 Sqn RAF)
Registration:
C/n / msn: KH210
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bay of Bengal. -   Indian Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Salbani, Bengal, British India
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The RAF B-24 crashed in the Bay of Bengal when both starboard engines caught fire, two hours after take off for a bombing raid on Rangoon, Burma.

All but two of the crew were lost. Co Pilot Mick Pullen and gunner Eric Kightley survived. They were rescued by US Catalinas after 16 hours in the water. Flying as a passenger on the aircraft was Wing Commander James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC. As a Flight Lieutenant with No.249 Squadron Nicolson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in the air over Southampton on 16/8/40. J.B. Nicolson is commemorated on Column 445 of the Singapore Memorial.

Sources:

1. Eric Kightley’s flight log book and diary.
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._355_Squadron_RAF#History
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brindley_Nicolson


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Feb-2011 05:16 angels one five Added
26-Jul-2013 16:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
06-Jun-2019 06:34 Kightley Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2019 00:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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