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Liberator A72-191

Aircraft Model:Consolidated B-24M-10-CO Liberator
Identities:44-41984; A72-191
Units:No. 200 Flight, RAAF

Timeline

18 January 1945Received by No. 3 Aircraft Depot, RAAF, ex USA.
21 February 1945Allotted to No. 200 Flight, RAAF.
25 February 1945Issued to No. 200 Flight, RAAF.
27 February 1945Received by No. 200 Flight, RAAF.
25 March 1945Aircraft missing between Borneo and Mindoro Island after successfully dropping personnel and equipment into the Sarawak area.
1st Pilot: S/Ldr HAROLD GRAHAM POCKLEY, RAAF 260608 (Missing)
2nd Pilot: F/O CHARLES IAN COX, RAAF 415403 (Missing)
Navigator: F/Lt LEONARD FRANCIS DAY, RAAF 409672 (Missing)
Bomb Aimer: Sgt LESLIE ERNEST TONKIN, RAAF 443698 (Missing)
Flight Engineer: Sgt KENNETH CHARLES WILMSHURST, RAAF 28787 (Missing)
W/AG: F/Lt DAVID PRENTON GRADWELL, RAAF 8960 (Missing)
W/AG: Sgt KEITH MERVIN LOW, RAAF 435733 (Missing)
W/AG: Sgt CHARLES KEVIN PONTING, RAAF 434348 (Missing)
Air Gunner: F/O RONALD ROY FARMER, RAAF 412503 (Missing)
Air Gunner: Sgt ERIC MILEHAM LITCHFIELD, RAAF 439370 (Missing)
Air Gunner: Sgt ROBERT ROLAND HALE, RAAF 444233 (Missing)
Passenger: Maj HENRY EVERARD ELLIS, British Army 93124 (Missing)

References

Baugher, J. 2018 1944 USAAF Serial Numbers (44-40049 to 44-70254). Joe Baugher's Home Page. Retrieved 3 May 2018 from <http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1944_4.html>.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1945, Aircraft status cards - Liberator A72-100 to A72-198, A10297, BLOCK 405.

National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1960, GRADWELL, David Preston - (Flight Lieutenant); Service Number - 8960; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Liberator A72-191; Place - Northwest coast of Borneo; Date - 25 March 1945, A705, 166/16/612.

Tigwell, C. 2016 RAAF A72 Consolidated B-24D/J/L/M Liberator. ADF Serials. Retrieved 1 April 2017 from <http://www.adf-serials.com.au/2a72.htm>.

Record updated on 3 May 2018.


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