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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 204175
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Date:05-JUN-1942
Time:23:25
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:78 Squadron Royal Air Force (78 Sqn RAF)
Registration: W7669
C/n / msn: EY-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Croft, Cheshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Croft, Cheshire
Destination airport:RAF Croft
Narrative:
Soon after leaving the airfield the port inner engine caught fire, the crew jettisoned the bombs, the pilot turned the aircraft around and into the airfield's landing circuit to go around and land. While he was lining up with the runway the port wing dropped and the aircraft stalled and with little height to recover the aircraft dived into the ground some four hundred yards south of Dalton on Tees, only four minutes after taking off. Sadly three of the crew were killed and the other four sustained injuries. The fire in the engine was believed to have started because of a glycol leak.

Crew
Pilot:100577 Fg Off Harold Ernest Bedford - Upton-cum-Chalvey (St Mary) Churchyard Slough, Buckinghamshire.
Flight Engineer:619222 Sgt Vincent George Musselwhite - Cheriton (St Michael) Churchyard Hampshire.
Navigator:107921 Plt Off Frank Eric Alder - Injured.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:984531 Sgt James O'Rourke - Ardrossan Cemetery Ayrshire Sec. B. Mid. West Div. Grave 290A.
Sgt W L Turner - Injured.
Sgt Phillips - Injured.
Air Gunner: Sgt Meller - Injured.

Sources:

Aircraft Accidents In Yorkshire
CWGC
Bomber Command Losses 1942


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jan-2018 15:24 Red Dragon Added
11-Nov-2018 13:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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