Accident Handley Page Halifax Mk III LK885,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 50460
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Date:Sunday 28 May 1944
Time:01:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic hlfx model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Handley Page Halifax Mk III
Owner/operator:51 Sqn RAF
Registration: LK885
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Aacht, Noord Brabant -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Snaith 51 Sq.
Destination airport:Aachen Railroad Marshalling yard
Mission to Aachen.

Takeoff at 22:50 hrs for a bombing operation against Aachen in Germany.

Homeward-bound, the aircraft was intercepted and shot down by night fighter pilot Oberleutnant Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer of the Stab IV./NJG 1, who had taken off from St Trond (Sint-Truiden) airfield (Belgium) at 23:57 hrs, in Bf 110 G-4 G9+DF. This was Schnauffer's 69th credited victory.

Pilot : Pilot Officer Wilfred Carroll Lawson RCAF J/19672 [Killed]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant Wilfred Arnold Gosnay RAFVR 1783240 [Killed]
Navigator : Sergeant JohnHarold Noel RCAF R/171310 [PoW]
Bomb Aimer : Sergeant Joseph Hooks RCAF 185557 [Evaded]
Wireless Operator : Sergeant Kenneth Claud Minifie RCAF R/192847 [PoW]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Bruce Alexander Monson Fraser RCAF R/192908 [PoW]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant Stanley Percy Beech RCAF R/60032 [Killed]

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three pagr 28.
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Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
28 April 1944 LV783 51 Sqn RAF 6 Moelingen, Voeren, Limburg w/o
2 May 1944 MZ593 51 Sqn RAF 4 Koolskamp, Ardooie, West Flanders w/o
2 February 1945 MZ487 51 Sqn RAF 6 Dormagen, Nordrhein-Westfalen w/o

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
13-Apr-2010 00:57 Anon. Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
13-Apr-2010 02:18 cvdleeuw Updated [Total occupants, Narrative]
15-Oct-2010 06:01 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
30-Sep-2020 17:33 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Jun-2022 12:35 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
16-May-2023 01:26 redsix Updated [[Location]]
16-May-2023 18:38 Anon. Updated [[[Location]]]
27-May-2023 20:52 redsix Updated [[[[Location]]]]
18-May-2024 10:55 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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