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  Liberator "SNAKE" Serial Number KL654  
356 Squadron

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Goh K. Loon 2007

Pilot  Flight Lieutenant John Selwyn Watts, 158017
Co-Pilot  Flying Officer Edward Donald Mason, 166082
Navigator  Flying Officer William Kenneth Dovey, 166352
Engineer  Flight Sergeant Jack Blakey, 1582692
Rear Gunner  Flight Sergeant William Ross, 2213814
Front Gunner  Flight Sergeant Raymond Arthur Towell, 1624252
Bombardier  Flying Officer John Trevor Bromfield, 166369
Radio  Flight Sergeant Arthur Turner, 1621393

Crashed  August 23, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated at San Diego. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-24 Liberator serial number XXXXXX.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) as Liberator with serial number KL-654. Nicknamed "SNAKE". When lost, engine serial numbers: 1) 320753 2) 320803 3) 320741 4) 320804.

Wartime History
On August 23, 1945 took off piloted by Flight Lieutenant John Selwyn Watts on a mission to drop Force 136 special agents and supplies. Also, this Liberator was searching for POW camps with Allied prisoners. The entire crew died in the crash.

Crashed near Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan. In 1996 a group of local tribemen brought two machine guns from the crash site to the local police station and reported the crash site.

Goh K. Loon adds:
"I  joined the latest trip on January 28, 2007  to the B-24 bomber KL654 'SNAKE' wreck site in Kuala Pilah, Negeri Sembilan State with Mr. Shaharom and Mr. Sager and British Defence Attache and his assistant plus others Army  Museum officers and enlisted men. I am glad to inform you that we found the B-24 outer port engine serial number is the same as KL654 plus some personnel artifacts such as rings and jack knife and also some bone fragments.   The tail turret and many parts include radio were taken by an Aussie group who restore a B-24. The B-24 tyre was still inflated! Also, you can see the "SNAKE" still barely visible."

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Last Updated
July 12, 2018


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