FL 959 was attacked by 4 Junkers 88\'s while on antisubmarine patrol over the Bay of Biscay on September 2, 1943. F/O Charles Russel Wharram was killed in the first pass by the Junkers. The remaining crew engaged the Junkers in a long battle. After suffering extensive damage (loss of two engines, 2 turrets, all remaining crew wounded) the plane was ditched in the Bay of Biscay. The crew was rescued after nine days in life rafts. Only 3 of the nine man crew survived.
Thanks for the update Bob.
Do you mind if I ask where you got the info (if not your own research), just so I can update the details on the aircraft card and give the right source the credit.
'Yea, Though I Fly Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 50,000 Feet and Climbing.'
This link provides quite an extensive story about Liberator Mk V FL959. My uncle F/O Charles Russel Wharram was the pilot on this aircraft. Does the reference AB refer to the alpha lettering on the aircraft?
Most of my research has gone into RAF 203 Squadron based in Egypt. My father F. Sgt. Donald Hickson was an observer on a Martin Maryland Mk 2 in 1942. They ditched near Crete while flying reconnaissance and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.