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42-95095

B-24 Liberator

Text below from http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/95095.html
"On the 13th of June 1945 this aircraft had set out from the UK with the intention of flying home to the USA after the War, on the aircraft was a regular nine-airmen crew and a further six men who were technically passengers on the aircraft."

"The aircraft is believed to have carried the nose art of "Sleepy Gal Time" before being transferred to this unit but may have still had the nose art painted on it, it was given a major overhaul in April 1945 and was effectively a spare aircraft as the War had ended while it was taken off front line duties."

"The aircraft and its crew set out from Prestwick they were intending on flying a leg to Meeks Field in Iceland to re-fuel before continuing the journey. As they headed north the weather turned and with limited visibility the aircraft is reported to have clipped the top of Slioch mountain near Gairloch, at the north west side of Scotland. It was then thought that the pilot was attempting to either ditch the damaged aircraft in the sea off Gairloch or force land it when it flew into high ground at the Fairy Lochs, on Sidhean Mor."

"Sadly all fifteen personnel on board were killed in the crash. The crash report did not make any firm conclusions as to the reasons for the crash but suggested an uncontrollable engine fire could have been the cause of the aircraft being so low initially. It is not known whether the engine fire came after the collision with Slioch or afterwards."

"Reports on the site being a War-grave are perhaps incorrect as all fifteen men have graves, many were returned home while some were buried in the large American cemetery near Cambridge in England."

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People

  • Hollburn Cheek

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Engineer | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland. The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 21 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • Raymond Davis

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 26 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • Eldon Gilles

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 24 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • Jack Ketchum

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 22 Years old. He had flown 35 missions and was...

  • Albert Natkin

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland. The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled "Flight of the Forgotten".) He was 20 Years old. He was part of the Jack B....

  • Herman Riefen

    Military | Gunner | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 25 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • Richard Robak

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 25 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • Jack Spencer

    Military | First Lieutenant | Co-Pilot | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 22 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

  • James Stammer

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs
    He was killed while on a flight coming back to America. It crashed in Scotland The reason for his death is part of an OSS secret file, never revealed. (See a book titled Flight of the Forgotten) He was 23 Years old. He was part of the Jack B. Ketchum...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Slioch, Achnasheen, Highland IV22, UK 13 June 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
28 July 2020 20:57:38 LanLow609 Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

Joe Baugher's USAAF Serial Number Listing

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2014 11:53:57 Lucy May Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, nicknames, description, events, person associations and media associations
Sources

Information from http://www.yorkshire-aircraft.co.uk/aircraft/95095.html via Stuart Urquhart.

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