Consolodated B-24 Liberator BZ720
This image is to illustrate the type only and is not the actual aircraft involved.
Liberator BZ720/N of 53 Squadron flown by S/L. Tony Spooner DSO DFC was on patrol to the west of Lundy Isle when five Bf 110s of II/ZG1attacked. Sgt. Thomson RNZAF, the starboard-beam gunner and Sgt.Heays RNZAF, the port-beam gunner were both injured during the attack. F/S Heays later died of his wounds. The aircraft was badly damaged and two engines were hit. Although it was thought that one Bf 110 had 'probably been shot down no German claims or losses were attributed to this action.
BZ720 was transferred to 311 Squadron as BZ720/G. While with 311 it crashed onto ground in downdraught, Helmsdale, Sutherland, 29.10.44.*