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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52845
Last updated: 10 March 2021
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Date:02-JUN-1942
Time:02:50 claim
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:78 Squadron Royal Air Force (78 Sqn RAF)
Registration: R9364
C/n / msn: EY-
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea off the Dutch coast (at 52.02N,03.51E) -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Croft, Cheshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The aircraft took off from RAF Croft, North Yorkshire, near Darlington, at 23:03 hrs for participation in the second 1000 bomber raid; this time the target being Essen, Germany.

Halifax B.II R9364 "EY-E" of 78 Squadron, RAF. Lost on combat operations 02.06.1942: engaged by Flak and crashed into the North Sea off the Netherlands coast. Last reported position (last SOS distress signal) was sent at 52'02" North, 03'51" East. Combined fire of heavy (schwere) and light (leichte) Flak from the 1. & 5./Reserve-Flak-Abteilung 442 destroyed the aircraft rudders, causing the Halifax to stall and enter an unrecoverable flat spin into the sea off the Dutch coast.
Four crew members are still missing in action:

Pilot:J/15200 Plt Off John Stephen Lawson MiD RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 100
Flight Engineer:571976 Sgt Ronald McGlen - Runnymede Memorial Panel 88
Navigator:R/64816 Flt Sgt T B Miller G.M. RCAF PoW Stalag Luft 6 Heydekrug. PoW Number 514
Wireless Operator:649043 Sgt Donald Edwin West - Runnymede Memorial Panel 96
Air Gunner:106806 Plt Off P J Jones PoW Stalag Luft 3 Zagan & Belaria. PoW Number 550.
Air Gunner:581543 Sgt William Thompson - Runnymede Memorial Panel 95

Sources:

1. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part three
2. http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Sussex/Men-of-Burgess-1939-46-2004-Update.pdf
3. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/halifax/R93641942-06-02.html
4. Royal Air Force Aircraft R1000-R9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1980 page 57)
5. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T1555B&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
CWGC
RAF Prisoners of War


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
02-Sep-2014 12:25 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 00:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 00:27 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
01-Jun-2017 07:24 TigerTimon Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jan-2018 21:45 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2018 14:08 Red Dragon Updated [Operator]
11-Nov-2018 13:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
23-Apr-2020 18:12 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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