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  • AM910 (ex 40-2349) s/n 1. Delivered March 1941, was initially assigned to test the Liberator B I for the RAF during July/August 1941 at Boscombe Down. Aircraft was used for initial Liberator GR I AXV radar and 20-mm cannon installations.
    • Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron in 5 September 1941 and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft M.
    • March 1942, transferred out of 120 Sq.
    • 13 April 1942, crashed on landing at Nutts Corner, the nose section laying in Lincolnshire until the late 1960s.
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  • AM911 (ex 40-2350) s/n 2. Delivered March 1941, converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron on 19 June 1941 and assigned unmodified as a pilot/crew instructional trainer. Named: St. Just
    • April 1941, test and pilot checkout St. Hubert Que. Canada (Pilot: Capt.Cripps).
    • 21 October 1941, returned to Scottish Aviation for transport modifications - passengers and mail only - no cargo door installed and redesignated as Liberator C I.
    • 26 October 1941, reassigned to No 1425 (Transport) Flight - absorbed by 511 (Transport) Squadron when Flight was created.
    • 23 May 1943, engine caught fire on takeoff, undercarriage collapsed at RAF Gibraltar - aircraft was SOC.
  • AM913 (ex 40-2352) s/n 4, delivered April 1941. After a period of time at an Operational Training Unit (OTU), it was converted to Liberator GR I standard and assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and was assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft Z.
    • January 1943, assigned to 511 Squadron.
    • 29 January 1943, crashed on approach to RAF Talbenny from a flight from Africa with 11 killed and eight injured. Crash was due to loss No. 3 engine following on from earlier loss of No. 4 engine. Among the killed passengers was Brigadier Vivian Dykes.

(Pilot: Kenneth C.R. Maskell) (

  • AM914 (ex 40-2353) s/n 5, delivered April 1941. After a period of time at an Operational Training Unit (OTU), it was converted to a Liberator GR I and assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron assigned unmodified, as pilot/crew instructional trainer.
    • October 1941, returned to Scottish Aviation for transport modifications - passengers and mail only - no cargo door installed and redesignated Liberator C I.
    • 28 June 1942 reassigned to No 1425 (Transport) Flight - Absorbed by RAF 511 Sq[1] (transport) when Flight was created.
    • 1946, SOC Canada: .
  • AM915 (ex 40-2354) s/n 6, delivered April 1941. Was converted to Liberator C I and assigned to the RAF Ferry Command.
    • 1 September 1941, flew into Achinoan Hill near Goat Campbeltown, Argyll, [2]Scotland, ten crew and passengers killed (Pilot Captain Kenneth Dardanelles Garden [3] BOAC).
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  • AM916 (ex 40-2355) s/n 7, delivered April 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft L.
    • 3 May 1941, test flight Floyd Bennet Field New York (Pilot: Capt. E.R.B. White).
    • 9 May 1941, delivery flight Gander (Pilot: Capt. ERB White).
    • 10 May 1941, delivery flight: Prestwick, Scotland (Pilot: Capt. E.R.B. White).
    • 5 April 1942, escorted Convoy Skipper.
    • June - July 1942, detached to Middle East (with 120/P AM919).
    • 5 April 1942, participated in Operation Myrmiden, where it was engaged in combat with three Ju 88s for over 1/2 hour (Pilot: F/O Procter).
    • 19 August 1946, sold,
    • 1952, salvaged: Baledo Bridge.
  • AM917 (ex 40-2356) s/n 8. Delivered April 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft F.
    • 16 August 42, attacked and damaged U-89 (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock) (U-Boat Captain Dietrich Lohmann).
    • 19 August 1942, attacked and damaged U-653 while escorting convoy SL118 - (note: U-653 was seriously damaged, losing one man in the crash dive and had to limp back to base, reaching Brest, France on 30 August 1942) (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock) (U-Boat Captain Willi Pröhl).
    • 20 September 1943, attacked but inflicted no damage against U-386 southwest of Iceland, in position 57° 40'N, 29° 48'W.
    • 12 March 1947, SOC.
  • AM918 (ex 40-2357) s/n 9, delivered May 1941. Was converted to Liberator C I and was assigned to the RAF Ferry Command. Assigned to BOAC with registration G-AGDR.
    • May 1941 delivered to England by Ferry Command (Pilot: W/C John Francis).
    • 24-25 January 1942, AM918 with civil registry G-AGDR flew nonstop from Hurn to Cairo. However, on its return trip, it was shot down in error by a Spitfire over the English Channel near Plymouth, England on 15 February 1943 (BOAC Captain: R.H. Page)(passengers: four crew: five killed) [4].
  • AM919 (ex 40-2358) s/n 10, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron, and was assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft P.
    • June - July 1942, detached to Middle East (with 120/L AM916).
    • 20 May 1943, attacked and sank U-258 while escorting convoy SC130. U-258 was sunk in the North Atlantic, in position 55°18'N, 27° 49'W, by depth charges - all hands lost (Pilot J.R.E. Proctor) (U-Boat Captain Oblt. Wilhelm von Mässenhausen).
    • 18 June 1943, undercarriage collapsed on landing at Reykjavík, Iceland: salvaged for spares.
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  • AM920 (ex 40-2359) s/n 11, delivered May 1941. Was converted to Liberator C I and was assigned to the RAF Ferry Command. Assigned to BOAC with registration G-AHYB.
    • 10 February 1946, completed the British Overseas Airways Corporation's 2,000th transatlantic crossing.
    • 23-24 July 1946, Doval - Gander - Rhennia - Heathrow (BOAC Pilot Capt. Gordon Bennett).
    • To France as F-VNNP – assigned as the personal transport of Indochina's Emperor Bao Dai.
  • AM921 (ex 40-2360) s/n 12, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft B.
    • 8 December 1941, attacked and sank U-254 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in approximate position 55° 00'N, 40° 00'W (U-Boat Captain Hans Gilardone).
    • 16 October 1942, attacked U-258 while on convoy escort SC104.
    • 8 December 1942, attacked and sank U-611 in the North Atlantic south-east of Cape Farewell, in position 57° 25'N, 35° 19'W, while on convoy escort HX217 (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock) (U-Boat Captain Nikolaus von Jacobs).
    • 9 January 1943, engine caught fire in air and crashed on landing at Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • AM922 (ex 40-2361) s/n 13, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron, and assigned, unmodified, as pilot/crew instructional trainer.
    • October 1941, returned to Scottish Aviation for transport modifications - passengers and mail only - no cargo door installed and redesignated Liberator C I.
    • 7 January 1942, reassigned to No 1425 (Transport) Flight - Absorbed by RAF 511 Sq (transport) when Flight was created.
    • 7 September 1944, placed in storage.
    • June 1947, salvaged.
  • AM923 (ex 40-2362) s/n 14, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft W.
    • 26 - 28 May 1941, delivery flight St. Hubert - Gander - Ayr ((Pilot Capt White).
    • 27 May 1941, searched for the battleship Bismarck during delivery flight (Pilot Capt White).
    • December 1943, salvaged.
  • AM924 (ex 40-2363) s/n 15, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft D "Donald Duck."
    • October 1941 attacked Fw 200 Kondor
    • 5 April 1942, attacked and fuel tank damaged by an Arado float plane while escorting Convoy Skipper near 43° 36'N, 02° 07'W (Pilot: P/O Secord).
    • 11 January 1942, while on a sortie into the Bay of Biscay attacked the German blockade runner: Elsa Essberger and the submarine U-373 (which was at the time alongside the German ship). The action took place near position 43° 55'N, 10° 15'W (Pilot: Peter Cundy).
    • 28 May 1942, attacked and shot down by three Bf 109Es of 9/JG1 (flying out of Lister) south of the Lofoten Islands, north Norway (Pilot: S/L Rae Walton) (aircraft was shot down by Staffelkapitän Werner Gutowski).
  • AM925 (ex 40-2364) s/n 16, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron, and was assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft X.
    • 06 February 1942, while escorting Convoy SC118, forces U-262, U-267, U-438, U-456 and U-609 to break off attacks (Pilot: S/L Isted).
    • 18 February 1942, crashed on takeoff: RAF Nutts Corner, Belfast Northern Ireland.
  • AM926 (ex 40-2365) s/n 17, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron, and was assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft F.
    • 10 December 1941, flew into hill on ferry flight: Dyce-Nutts Corner, Ochil Hills near Alva, Clackmannanshire.
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  • AM927 (ex 40-2366) s/n 18, delivered 17 May 1941. Assigned to Albuquerque, NM, for crew training at the Eagle Nest Flight Training Center, run by Transcontinental & Western Airlines (TWA).
    • 24 July 1941, crashed on landing - brake failure/right landing gear and nose gear collapsed (TWA Pilot: Captain Frank Burcham)
    • Salvaged and rebuilt by Consolidated in the fall 1941 to prototype XC-87 configuration - used by Consolidated to carry necessary parts between factories, as well as a corporate transport.
    • 14 February 1945, AM927 had the “short” B-24A nose section removed and had a nose section from an RY-3 installed. At this time, the aircraft also had the PBY-type powerplants (firewall forward) installed, to make the items in the engine compartment interchangeable with aircraft still being produced. (Registered as NL24927, 1 April 1947).
    • 10 November 1948, sold by Consolidated to the Continental Can Company. The aircraft was outfitted with sleeping berths and reclining chairs and was used to transport company executives from its home base in Morristown, NJ (Registered N1503).
    • 14 April 1959, sold to Pemex, a Mexican petroleum company. They used the aircraft not only as an executive transport, but to haul drums of oil from place to place. (Registered as XC-CAY, November 1959).
    • May 1968, sold to the Confederate Air Force, initially registered N12905, currently N24927.
  • AM928 (ex 40-2367) s/n 19, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron, and was assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft A.
    • 27 May 1942, undershot landing and hit sand-dunes: Stornoway, United Kingdom.
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  • AM929 (ex 40-2368) s/n 20, delivered May 1941. Converted to Liberator GR I, assigned to 15 Group (CC)/120 Squadron and assigned Squadron Code: OH aircraft H.
    • 12 October 1942, attacked and sunk U-597 while on convoy escort ONS136, southwest of Iceland, in position 56° 50'N, 28° 05'W, by depth charges (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock) (U-Boat Captain Eberhard Bopst).
    • 15 October 1942, attacked U-615 and U-437 while on convoy escort SC104.
    • 5 November 1942, attacked and damaged U-89 while escorting convoy SC107. (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock) (U-Boat Captain Dietrich Lohmann).[1]
    • 7 December 1942, while escorting Convoy HX217, forced U-135, U-251, U-461 and U-439 to break off attacks (Pilot: S/L Terry Bullock).
    • 24 June 1943, attacked and sunk U-200 while on convoy escort ONS11, south-west of Iceland, in position 58° 15'N, 25° 25'W, by 2 depth charges (Pilot: A.W. Fraser) (U-Boat Captain Heinrich Schonder).
    • 17 October 1943, attacked and sunk U-540 while on convoy escort ONS206 (shared kill with BZ712 of 59 Sq. - aircraft(D)), east of Cape Farewell, Greenland, in position 58° 38'N, 31° 56'W (Pilot: B.W. Turnbull RZNAF) (U-Boat Captain: Lorenz Kasch).
    • Converted to Liberator C I assigned to 231 Squadron, 49 Group.
    • 9 April 1945, # 3 Engine caught fire flight 15 minutes after takeoff from Dorval Airport and crashed: St Simon De Bagot, Quebec (Pilot: G.I. Voorhees) (two killed, 13 injured).

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