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  Liberator B.VI "Daring Diana" Serial Number BZ962 Code D
159 Squadron

Pilot  F/Sgt Allan Edward Arnold, 420112 RAAF (MIA / KIA) Lindfield, NSW
Co-Pilot  W/O Victor Ernest Whitehall, 1262742 (MIA / KIA) South Tottenham, UK
Navigator  F/Sgt Arthur Robert "Bobby" Burn, 1319428 (MIA / KIA) Middlesex, UK
Radio  F/O Bernard Clifton, 50589 (MIA / KIA) Yorkshire, UK
Engineer  F/Sgt John Henry Starmer Leak, 1682798 (MIA / KIA) Hull, UK
Mid-Upper Gunner  Sgt Ansel Ernest Blackburn Stout, 771563 (MIA / KIA) Bangalore, India
Beam Gunner  Sgt Charles Alfred George Plank, 1435434 (MIA / KIA) Liverpool, UK
Beam Gunner  Sgt Desmond Riversdale Anthony Burgess, 1659085 (MIA / KIA) Plymouth, UK
Rear Gunner  P/O Michael Ludlow Davis, J/86883 RCAF (MIA / KIA) Bombay, India
Crashed  February 29, 1944

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at Fort Worth, Texas. Constructors Number 308. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24J-1-CF Liberator serial number 42-64059. Ferried overseas to India.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as a Liberator B.VI serial number BZ962 with a Boulton Paul tail turret. Assigned to No. 159 Squadron. Nicknamed "Daring Diana" with the nose art of a female figure.

Mission History
On February 29, 1944 took off piloted by F/Sgt Allan E. Arnold on a bombing mission over Rangoon. Over the target, this bomber was shot down by a pair of Ki-43 Oscars and exploded at low altitude and crashed. The remains of the crew were found and buried nearby by local villagers. The remains of two of the crew were not found.

During 1952, some wreckage was located. The remains of seven crew members were located 3,000 yards away from the crash and recovered, but not individually identified.

The entire crew was officially declared dead the day of the mission. The entire crew of nine are commemorated at Kranji War Cemetery on the Singapore Memorial. Clifton column 432, Burn column 434, Burgess column 435, Leak column 436, Davis and Whitehall column 443, Arnold column 444, Plank column 436.

The seven of the crew recovered were buried individually at Rangoon War Cemetery at Plot 4, Row E, Graves 14 to 20. Each grave marker reads: "An Airmen of the 1939-1945 War, Royal Air Force, 29th February 1944, Known Unto God".

Matt Poole (step-son of Plank)
"Through the PWD Discussion Forum I have linked up with Allen Hamilton, who is going to be traveling to the Rangoon area very soon. Given enough free time, he said he'd get out to the more or less exact site where the bodies of 6 crewmen from an RAF B-24 Liberator were buried after being shot down on 29 Feb 1944. My mother's first husband was one of the men on the aircraft.

Even if nothing much materializes during Allen's visit, I feel compelled to thank you for your website. At least I have finally found someone who can go out to the site, which is near Rangoon. I just cannot go myself. So thanks for setting up your website and the Discussion Board and for giving me the opportunity to link up with Allen. This story is still evolving eleven years after I started researching."

USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-24J-1-CF Liberator 42-64059
"64059 to RAF as Liberator B.VI BZ962. MIA on mission to Mahlwagon Mar 1, 1944."
Burma Star Association - 159 Squadron
RQUICK - Photo Request by Matt Poole page 1, 5 [PDF]
Veterans Affairs Canada - Photo 2 of Michael Ludlow Davis
CWGC - Allan Edward Arnold
CWGC - Victor Ernest Whitehall
CWGC - Arthur Robert Burn
CWGC - Bernard Clifton
CWGC - John Henry Starmer Leak
CWGC - Ansel Ernest Blackburn Stout
CWGC - Charles Alfred George Plank
CWGC - Desmond Riversdale Anthony Burgess
CWGC - Michael Ludlow Davis
Thanks to Matt Poole for additional information

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Last Updated
August 10, 2019


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