Accident Consolidated B-24D Liberator C Mk IX JT982, Wednesday 4 July 1945
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Date:Wednesday 4 July 1945
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Consolidated B-24D Liberator C Mk IX
Owner/operator:231 Sqn FC RAF
Registration: JT982
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Atlantic Ocean -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RCAF Gander, Newfoundland (YQX)
Destination airport:Keflavik, Iceland
An RAF Ferry Command C.IX Liberator, JT982 of 231 Squadron, was scheduled for a Washington, Dorval, Gander, Keflavik, Prestwick, and Northolt flight itinerary. The aircraft departed RCAF Gander on July 4, 1945 on the leg to Keflavik with a crew of 4 and 11 VIP passengers including several women. While enroute towards Keflavik, the Liberator ditched in the North Atlantic apparently due to the elevator becoming jammed. Although an intensive two week air and sea search was carried out, no trace of the aircraft or crew and passengers were ever found from the missing Liberator.

Ironically, an RCAF GR.V Liberator 595 participating in the search, also ditched in the Atlantic two days later on July 6, 1945, after experiencing control difficulties. Six of the seven crew members were rescued.


Canada’s Wings 2, The Liberator and Fortress; Carl Vincent. Page 67
Joe Baugher: US Navy and US Marine Corps BuNos; USN 90030; RAF JT982
Atlantic Aviation Museum website: Page 7 of 10. B3A Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
18-Apr-2015 17:38 Yukonjack Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Feb-2020 11:30 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
12-May-2024 11:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]

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