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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203054
Last updated: 18 August 2020
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Date:04-MAY-1942
Time:
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:78 Squadron Royal Air Force (78 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7662
C/n / msn: EY-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Luneburg Heath -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Croft, Cheshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed on Luneburg Heath.

Sgt Hanna later reported : “The aircraft was hit during enemy action and Sgt Hewitson was wounded. I heard the Captain tell PO Copeland to attend to the wounded man. Hewitson was badly wounded in two places. Soon after one of the engines caught fire and the Captain gave the order to adjust Hewitson’s chute and get him clear of the aircraft. Shortly the Captain ordered abandon A/c which I did. I saw the aircraft crash and I think I saw one of the wings come off, which may account for the others failing to escape.”

Crew
Pilot: 400588 PO Alfred William Hedge - Hamburg Cemetery Coll. grave 10A. H. 12-13.
2nd Pilot: 1208196 Sgt Dennis Waterman Drew - Hamburg Cemetery 10A. H. 11.
Flight Engineer: 182913 Sgt Frederick Roberts Hipwell - Hamburg Cemetery 10A. H. 10.
Observer: 1180812 Sgt J Hewitson - Hamburg Cemetery Coll. grave 10A. H. 12-13.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1256600 Sgt John Archibald Lloyd - Hamburg Cemetery Coll. grave 10A. H. 12-13.
Air Gunner: 406548 Plt Off Gerald Ware Copeland RAAF - Hamburg Cemetery 10A. H. 9.
Air Gunner: 115854 Sgt J E Hanna PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 773.

Sources:

RAAF FATALITIES IN SECOND WORLD WAR AMONG RAAF PERSONNEL SERVING ON ATTACHMENT IN ROYAL AIR FORCE SQUADRONS AND SUPPORT UNITS
Bomber Command Losses 1942
CWGC


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2017 17:35 Red Dragon Added
11-Nov-2018 13:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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