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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203973
Last updated: 29 December 2020
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Date:03-JUN-1942
Time:02:25
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (35 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9444
C/n / msn: TL-D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:'Heihoefke' farm at Sint-Lenaarts, Brecht, province of Antwerpen -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Takeoff at 23:31 hrs for an operation to Essen in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was attacked by night fighter pilot Oberfeldwebel Rolf Bussmann of the 7./NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands.
Over Kempen and at 02:20 hrs, Sergeant Hilton ordered his five crew members to leave their Halifax R9444 'TL-D'. The adrift bomber exploded right in the farm 'Heihoefke' at Sint-Lenaarts. Five civilians were killed instantly. Two crew members were captured that same night:

1192265 Sgt P A Hilton PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 416.
517003 Sgt R C V Prout PoW Stalag Luft 4 Stalag Luft 4 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 437.
655226 Sgt W Sharp PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 526.
1326504 Sgt T C Burdon PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 488.
1129650 Sgt S Thickett PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 532.
551875 Sgt P E Davis PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 496

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
https://luchtvaartgeschiedenis.be/content/halifax-bij-sint-lenaerts
RAF Prisoners of War
Bomber Command Losses 1942
Google Maps


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jan-2018 17:37 Red Dragon Added
07-Jan-2018 17:38 Red Dragon Updated [Other fatalities]
04-Jun-2019 19:47 TigerTimon Updated [Total fatalities]
08-Jan-2020 14:33 rvargast17 Updated [Time, Narrative]
24-Apr-2020 17:18 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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