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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52844
Last updated: 23 April 2020
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Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:1652 HCU Royal Air Force (1652 HCU RAF)
Registration: R9372
C/n / msn: GV-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:dunes 1 km southwest of IJmuiden, Noord-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Marston Moor, UK
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 00:08 hrs for participation in the second 1000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.
Whilst over Essen the aircraft lost power from one engine. After this happened the aircraft was unable to maintain height. Unfortunately due to this factor it was caught by searchlights and shot down over the Dutch coast. Light (leichte) Flak from the Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine was its demise. It crashed into dunes near IJmuiden. The crew were all taken prisoner of war:

Pilot:116901 Plt Off H A Williams PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 386
Flight Engineer:966224 Sgt H Jackson(158 Squadron) PoW Stalag Luft 7 Bankan, near Kreulberg, Upper Silesia. PoW Number 424.
Navigator:1385898 Sgt F E Gostling PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 568.
Bomb Aimer:994359 Sgt C R Read (158 Squadron) PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 439.
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner: 1054950 Sgt J Williams (158 Squadron) PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 457.
Air Gunner: Sgt H J W Daly (158 Squadron) RCAF PoW Stalag 357 Kopernikus. PoW Number 457.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Haley, Air Britain, 1980, page 57)
2. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
6. The Handley Page Halifax Mk. I By Phil H. Listemann
7. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses: Heavy Conversion Units and miscellaneous units, 1939 to 1947
Volume 8 of Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses, W. R. Chorley
8. RAF Prisoners of War.

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
03-Mar-2017 22:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2017 07:39 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 18:59 Nepa Updated [Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 14:31 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2018 21:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
23-Apr-2020 17:59 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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