This is, quote, An ELINT Liberator preparing for take off in India. It is obviously a 42-73*** or 42-100*** series ""J"", but the serial has been painted out. The 30-191 on the nose is a modification centre code (which we haven't cracked yet). ELINT is ELectronic INTelligence. It is probably from the ELINT Flight attached to No. 159 Squadron. Picture Courtesy of BoB Livingstone
Photo shows BZ838 'O', a Mk III Lib of 159 Squadron, after its crash landing at Salbani at 00.56 on 25 Sept 1943. Pilot: Freddie Stokes, who suffered a compound fracture of the left lower leg and was in hospital for months. 2nd Pilot: Tony Johnstone, perforated eardrum. It ended his RAF flying career. Nav: Denis Boissier, residing in S. Africa. Rear gunner: Paddy Goodison Boissier and Stokoe escaped from the top hatch and missed the No. 2 prop running at full speed by inches. They were basically uninjured but were given a full bottle of French cognac to polish off...which they did! Air gunner: Dennis Stokoe - simple fracture to the left hand. Picture & Text Courtesy of Matt Poole.