Accident Handley Page Halifax Mk III MZ649,
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Date:Sunday 28 May 1944
Time:02:27 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic hlfx model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Handley Page Halifax Mk III
Owner/operator:102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF
Registration: MZ649
MSN: DY-Y
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tubize, Walloon Brabant -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Mission to attack the military base at Bourg-Leopold.

Takeoff at 00:17 hrs for a bombing operation against the military camp at Leopoldsburg in Limburg.

Homeward-bound, the aircraft was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Erich Jung of the 6./NJG 2, who was flying a Junkers Ju 88. This was Jung's 33rd victory.

Crew:-
Pilot : Flying Officer Austin Harold Stanbury Huycke RCAF J/23782 [PoW]
Flight Engineer : Sergeant John Welsh RAF 1591578 [PoW]
Navigator : Flying Officer George Henry Godsell RAF 151791 (NCO:1577047 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 03 August, 1943) [PoW]
Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer George Henry Scott RAF 153259 (NCO:1600634 : Commission Gazetted Tuesday 16 November, 1943) [PoW]
Wireless Operator : Flight Sergeant Leonard Collins RAF 177370 [PoW]
Mid-Upper Gunner : Sergeant Terence Alexander Eburne RAFVR 1890696 [Killed]
Rear Gunner : Sergeant Richard Lethbridge RAFVR 1257765 [Killed]

The casualties lie at the Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium (51.166083 / 4.368341)

Sources:

Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three, page 28.
http://www.aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/?q=MZ649
Google Maps
Rob Davis Bomber Command Losses Database

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
17 August 1944 NA504 102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF 7 sea off Schleswig-Holstein mis
5 January 1945 NA602 102 (Ceylon) Sqn RAF 7 1 km northeast of Frielingen, Garbsen, Niedersachsen w/o

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Oct-2020 17:26 TigerTimon Added
06-Nov-2022 11:24 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
27-May-2023 20:50 redsix Updated [[Location]]
20-May-2024 11:54 Rob Davis Updated [Source, Narrative]

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