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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201426
Last updated: 9 June 2020
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Date:13-MAR-1942
Time:23:05
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (35 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9440
C/n / msn: TL-L
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Linton-on-Ouse -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Destination airport:Koln
Narrative:
Aircraft took off from Linton on Ouse at 19:14 to undertake an operational flight to Cologne but was unable to reach the primary target owing to the starboard inner engine failing outbound. The crew opted to attack Amsterdam and fires were seen in the area due west of the naval dockyard. The crew headed for home and back at Linton-on-Ouse the aircraft landed fast and overshot the runway at 23:05. The aircraft sustained serious damage but crew were uninjured. The aircraft was taken to Handley Page and one month later was declared B.E.R. SOC 13 April 1942. All the crew were killed on 30 March 1942 attacking the Tirpitz in Trondheim Fjord.
Crew
Pilot - Flt Sgt William Bruce Archibald (Tobago West Indies)
Second Pilot - Sgt Leslie John Nelmes
Navigator - Sgt Geoffrey Hillam Gurr Murray RAAF
Flight Engineer - Sgt Samuel Palmer
Wireless Operator / Air Gunner - Sgt Archibald McCulloch McLaren
Wireless Operator - Sgt James Frederick Staff
Air Gunner - Sgt Douglas Francis

Sources:

Aircraft Accidents in Yorkshire
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Nov-2017 20:46 Red Dragon Added
26-Oct-2018 18:33 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
22-Apr-2019 10:43 Anon. Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Nature, Destination airport, Narrative]

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