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Serial Number: KG973
Aircraft Mk & Type Mk VI Liberator
Squadrons: No. 99 Squadron RAF
Details: Collided in formation with EW286 off Tavoy Point, Burma, 3.12.44
References: AB

The crew of Liberator KG973 were killed on 3rd December 1944 when they collided with another Liberator, EW286, over Tavoy Point, Burma. 12 aircraft from 99 Sqn. were on their way to attack the railway station at Hnongpladuk in Siam. They were 5.5 hours into their flight when, at 15.27, the accident occurred over the Mergui archipeligo. One parachute is said to have been spotted. Names of all these crew members are to be found on the Singapore Memorial. The other 10 aircraft continued with their mission and returned safely - a total of over 14 hours.

Liberator KG973 crew:-
F/O George Ernest JONES, RCAF, no. J/85027, age 22, son of Frederick and Nellie Jones: husband of Jean M Jones of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada. Singapore Memorial, column 442

F/Sgt. Gerald Ernest TUDOR, RAFVR, no. 1414899, age 21, son of Edward and Mary Tudor. Singapore Memorial, column 435

F/O Robert Castle O'NEILL, RAAF, no 1567, age 25, son of Michael and Ida Annabelle O'Neill:husband of Ann Elizabeth O'Neill of Townsville, Queensland, Australia. Singapore Memorial 443. F/O O'Neill was born 21st March 1919 in Redfern NSW. He enlisted on 20th September 1939 - place of enlistment Richmond NSW. Next of kin Anne O'Neill; posting at death 1673 HCU (225GP), Roll of Honour Townsville, Queensland.

F/Sgt. Arthur Herbert BRAMELD, RAFVR, no. 1643005, age 24, son of Herbert W and Beatrice Brameld of Hull, Yorkshire. UK Singapore Memorial column 434

F/Sgt. James Edward Jospeh FARROW, no. 1387116, age 21, son of Frederick John and Catherine Frances Farrow of Bromley, Kent, UK Singapore Memorial, column 434

F/Sgt. John Francis (Frank) GRIMSHAW, RAFVR, no. 1590681, age 19, son of Frank and Lavinia Grimshaw of Skipton, N. Yokshire. Singapore Memorial column 434. F/Sgt. Grimshaw voluteered in 1943, joining 99 Sqn. as a rear gunner. He left school at 14 and workded for a laundry in nearby Ilkley while studying elctrical and mechanical engineering at night school. As a boy he was a member of the Parish Church choir. Hearsay tells that Frank's mother could 'read' tea leaves and other forms of prediciting the future and many people went to her during that time. Like many mothers she is said to have 'felt' that something had happened to her son on that fateful day.

Sgt. John Robert MILLIGAN, RCAF, no. R/74101, age 20, son of Robert and Janet Milligan of Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada. Singapore Memorial 444

P/O Errol Philip PARCELL, RNZAF, 4210091, age 24, son of William Richard and Frances Margaret Parcell, of Bannockburn, Otago, New Zealand. Singapore Memorial column 445

Sgt. William James David PUGH, RAFVR, age 20, no. 1398672, son of Mr and Mrs Charles E Pugh of Strood, Kent, UK. Singapore Memorial column 436

F/Sgt. Sydney Richard SMITH, RAFVR, no. 1397725, age 21, son of Sydney Walter and Constance Marguerite Smith of Bayswater, London, UK. Singapore Memorial column 435


Posted: 7 years 7 months ago by Gary #4257
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Hi Ruth, I'm afraid I don't have anything myself. Crews tended to rotate aircraft so unlike USAAF crews they didn't really have their "own" plane as such.
Posted: 7 years 7 months ago by Ruth #4254
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P/O Errol Philip PARCELL, RNZAF was my second-cousin. Is there a photograph of the crew of KG973. Thank you.