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Serial Number: KH183
Aircraft Mk & Type Mk VIII Liberator
Squadrons: 53
Details: Engine broke up on take-off; swung and crashed, St. Davids, 8.7.45; DBF
References: AB

    The aircraft was being used for night circuit training in the early hours of the morning.

after take off, the studs; securing a cylinder of the starboard outer engine, sheared and

 the cylinder detached causing engine failure. It is thought that the pilots did not

immediately realise that the engine had failed and were in the process of reducing

power which caused a swing to develop and led to loss of control.

The aircraft crashed near Emlych Farm on White Sands Road and was destroyed

by fire. This site is now marked with a slate memorial, which was unveiled in

July 1995 on the 50th Anniversary of the crash, the commemoration organised

 by the Pembrokeshire Aviation Group

(The above with thanks to the Aircrew Remembrance Society)



F/L Charles Grayson                      Died 8th July 1945 Aged 32

RAF           46769                           Son of Charles Frederick and Ellen Grayson, of Lewes; husband of

                                                       Emily Olive Grayson, of Pembroke.

                                         Sec J Grave 3a  Lewes Cemetery


F/L Thomas Hugh Topping            Died 8th July 1945 Age u/k

RAFVR      77664                           No other detail

                                                       Uncons. Row 2. Grave 4.Haverfordwest (City Road) Cemetery             


F/O William George Luigi Mills     Died 8th July 1945 Aged 29

RAF           56090                           Son of William Charles and Emma Mills; husband of Rhoda Mills,

                                                       of Inverness.

                                                       Cons. Row 2. Grave 2. Haverfordwest (City Road) Cemetery


F/S Peter Newton Scott                    Died 8th July 1945 Aged 22

RAFVR      591873                          Son of Reginald and Alice Scott, of North Rauceby. His brother

                                                        Donald Keith Newton Scott also died on service. 

                                                        Sec. A.A. Grave 139.Sleaford Cemetery