ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53312
Last updated: 21 April 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:09-JUL-1941
Time:03:35 AM
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk I
Owner/operator:35 (Madras Presidency) Squadron Royal Air Force (35 (Madras Presidency) Sqn RAF)
Registration: L9521
C/n / msn: TL-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rijksweg 187, Mook, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Destination airport:RAF Linton-on-Ouse, North Yorkshire (EGXU)
Narrative:
Halifax L9521 "TL-Z" was one of seven No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the Synthetic Oil Refinery at Leuna, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, on the night of the 8th/9th July 1941. Took off from RAF Linton-on-Ouse at 22:33 hrs. Shot down by a night-fighter (Lt August Geiger of the 9./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from Rheine airfield, Germany) and crashed onto the home of the Arts family at Rijksweg 187,Monk (Limburg), 10 km SSE of Nijmegen. It is reported that four Dutch civilians died, along with three of the seven crew of the Halifax. According to a post war eyewitness report from Sgt Kiddley: "“there was a tremendous explosion and the whole of the aeroplane was in flames behind me. And the pilot said, ‘Out you go ‘ and four of us managed to bale out."

Sgt Bradbeer was very seriously injured and it was necessary for one of his legs to be amputated. On the 19th June 1946, the remains of Flt Sgt Albert Hammond, Sgt Noel Coleman and Sgt Thomas Parkes were exhumed, identified and re-interred at Uden War Cemetery, Noord-Brabant.

Crew:
Sgt L W Bovington DFM (POW)
Sgt T A Parkes (KIA)
Sgt A R Kiddey (POW)
Flt Sgt G D Barry (POW)
Flt Sgt A E Hammond (KIA)
Sgt H S Bradbeer (POW)
Sgt N E H Coleman (KIA)

Flt Sgt G.D.Barry survived the crash and was captured, interrogated and imprisoned for the remainder of the war. It is likely that he was imprisoned with Sgt Bovington and Sgt Kiddey in the same PoW camps. However, he was sadly killed by friendly fire whilst on the “long march” on 25th April 1945 (Gresse Incident). He was 27 years old. He was buried at Diepholz Cemetery, Germany. On the 7th June 1947, George’s remains were exhumed and re-buried at Hanover War Cemetery, Lower Saxony, Germany.

Sgt Kiddey and Sgt. Bovingdon survived the war, and were repatriated back to the UK at the end of May 1945. Sgt Bradbeer survived the crash but was hospitalised immediately after being captured. The Bomber Command Loss card shows that he had his leg amputated. It is not known if he was repatriated before the end of the war or was held until liberation in 1945.

Sgt Kiddley died on Thursday, January 8, 2015 at his home in Wilford, Nottinghamshire, following a short illness. He was 96.

Sources:

1. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1941%20sec_tcm5-7282.pdf
2. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/11456.php
3. https://35squadron.wordpress.com/world-war-two-years/aircraft-wwii/handley-page-halifax-2/halifax-incidents-and-losses-1941/halifax-l9521/
4. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1941 Page 86.
5. The Handley Page Halifax Mk. I By Phil H. Listemann Page 10
6. http://www.ipswichwarmemorial.co.uk/albert-edward-hammond/
7. http://www.nottinghampost.com/post-old-raf-bomber-pilot/story-25859240-detail/story.html
8. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
18-Apr-2014 16:53 gerard57 Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2016 18:02 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Mar-2017 20:56 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Mar-2017 21:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Mar-2017 21:03 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
03-Mar-2017 21:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 17:20 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator]
26-Oct-2018 18:34 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
08-Jul-2019 11:28 TigerTimon Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description