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Burial of KL654/R Flight Crew at Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road) Civil Cemetery

18 October 2012

 The eight man crew of RAF Liberator KL654/R were buried at Kuala Lumpur (Cheras Road) Civil Cemetery on Thursday 18 October almost 70 years after their death.

The B24 bomber disappeared on the night of 23 August 1945, only days after the Japanese surrender. It was on a night flight, dropping supplies for the civilian population and for resistance fighters.  

The ceremony was attended by members of the family of the crew. They were escorted by the Queens Colour Squadron. The service began at 07.30 on the morning of the 18th and was conducted by Rev Jonathan Beach of the R.A.F.

The eight crew of the Liberator were:

Flight Sergeant Jack Blakey

Flying Officer John Trevor Bromfield

Flying Officer William Kenneth Dovey
Flying Officer Edward Donald Mason 

Flight Sergeant William Ross 

Flight Sergeant Arthur Turner

Flight Sergeant Raymond Arthur Towell

Flight Lieutenant John Selwyn Watts

The Order of Service for the ceremony can be found here.