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Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Time:18:30 approx
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24 Liberator Mk I
Owner/operator:120 Squadron Royal Air Force (120 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AM926
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Dyce, Aberdeenshire
Destination airport:RAF Nutts Corner
On 10 December 1941, the Liberator I AM926 OH-F of 120 Sqn RAF took off from RAF Dyce, Scotland, for a transit flight to RAF Nutts Corner, Northern Ireland. But on the way it failed to clear the top of Tarmangie Hill, Ochil Hills, near Alva, Clackmannanshire and crashed at about 1830 hrs, killing all five crew. According to the Form 1180 (Accident Record Card), the crew was possibly descending through cloud to pin-point position, and struck hill in cloud or after breaking cloud. There was no witnesses of the crash.
Crew (all killed):
Flg Off James Wood Rae (pilot)
Sgt Roland William Magson (pilot)
Sgt David Clark (observer)
Sgt Robert Henry Dear (flight engineer)
Sgt Douglas James Bartell (wireless operator/air gunner)

Flg Off Rae rests in St Andrews Western Cemetery Fife, Sgt Magson in Pickering cemetery, Yorkshire and Sgt Bartell in Grandsable cemetery, Grangemouth, Stirlingshire. Sgt Clark was taken to Dalston Road cemetery, Carlisle and Sgt Dear is buried in All Saints churchyard, Upper Clatford, Hampshire.

According to local lore, men and boys swarmed up the hills to recover pieces of the aircraft. Many of the larger trophies had to be handed to the authorities, but some small pieces were kept.

This aircraft had an interesting history. Built as B-24A 40-2365 it was taken on charge at St.Hubert, Canada, on 28 May 1941 and flew the same day towards Scotland, reaching Prestwick, Scotland the next day. Scottish Aviation Ltd then converted to Liberator I, equipping it with ASV and 20mm cannon. 120 Sqn received AM926 on 13 September. On 22 October, this aircraft carried out the types very first attack on a U-boat during an escort sortie for the convoy SL-89. Piloted by Flt Lt Terry M Bulloch and crew, the Liberator engaged unconclusively two Fw 200 Condors and then caught on the surface the U-203, that was violently shaken by a stick of three depth-charges. On board the U-boat almost all the electrical equipment failed, rudder, hydroplanes and compass were damaged, the compressor bed-plate and motor-room bulkhead were cracked. The crew of U-203 were however able to repair most of the damage.

"Royal Air Force Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, vol 1: Aircraft and Crew Losses 1939-1941", by Ross McNeill. ISBN 1-85780-128-8 (no more online)

Revision history:

27-Apr-2013 23:58 ryan Added
10-Dec-2015 18:08 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2021 16:18 Anon. Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]
25-Nov-2021 14:06 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]
25-Nov-2021 14:06 TigerTimon Updated [[Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator]]

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