16th March

On 16th March 1942, American Liberator AL577 came down in Co. Louth. With 15 dead, it was the largest loss of life in a wartime aviation accident in Éire.

Remembering the Fallen

Samuel Cunningham Atcheson

Pilot Officer | 161591

Pilot Officer Samuel Cunningham Atcheson DFC of Drumquin, Co. Tyrone died on 16th March 1944 when Lancaster JB474 came under attack on a raid on Stuttgart.

Austin Finnerty

Sergeant | 2225471

Sergeant Austin Finnery of Newry, Co. Down died on 16th March 1945 while serving in a Bomber Command crew with RAF 49 Squadron in a raid on Würzburg.

Carlton Stokes Goodenough

Carlton Stokes Goodenough

Flight Sergeant | R/62738

Flight Sergeant Carlton Stokes Goodenough served in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He died on 16th March 1942 and is buried in Belfast City Cemetery.

George Frederick King

Pilot Officer | J/15525

Pilot Officer George Frederick King died on board Consolidated Liberator AL577 on 16th March 1942 when the plane came down near Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland.

Robert John Baine McKeown

Corporal | 25094

Corporal Robert John Baine McKeown - known as John - died on 16th March 1941 while serving with 6th Battalion Royal Ulster Rifles in Northern Ireland.

John Charles Murphy

Private | VX61153

Private John Charles Murphy of Derry/Londonderry died on 16th March 1944 while a Prisoner of War with the Australian Infantry in Camp 4, Thailand.

John Peile Tolson

Pilot Officer | 67640

Pilot Officer John Peile Tolson came from strong military stock and was killed aged 21 in the Liberator AL577 crash in Co. Louth on 16th March 1942.

Sydney Wasson

Sergeant | 1063520

Sergeant Sydney Wasson of Dunadry, Co. Antrim died on 16th March 1944 when Avro Lancaster W4833 of 625 Squadron disappeared on a raid to Stuttgart, Germany.

Richard John Wells DFC

Wing Commander | 39918

Wing Commander Richard John Wells was a respected and experienced leader of RAF 108 Squadron when he crashed in Liberator AL577 in Co. Louth, Ireland.