1945 Broadway Consolidated Liberator crash
A B-24 Liberator similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||22 November 1945|
|Summary||Broadway Pound, Somerset, England|
|Aircraft type||Consolidated Liberator C Mk VIII|
|Operator||53 Squadron, Royal Air Force|
|Flight origin||RAF Merryfield|
The 1945 Broadway Consolidated Liberator crash occurred on 22 November 1945 when a Royal Air Force Consolidated Liberator C Mk VIII transport crashed shortly after take-off from RAF Merryfield with the loss of all 27 on board.
The Liberator (serial number KH126) was being operated by 53 Squadron on a trooping flight from RAF Merryfield to India. It failed to gain enough height to clear a hill. It struck a tree and crashed at White's Farm near Broadway Pound, six miles from the airfield. It burst into flames with the loss of the five-man crew (all but one Polish) and 22 Army passengers.
- "27 Killed In Air Accident." Times [London, England] 23 Nov. 1945: 4. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 6 July 2015.
- Halley 1999, p. 19
- Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings - Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom: Air-Britain (Historians) Litd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
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