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
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tubize, Walloon Brabant -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Pocklington, East Riding of Yorkshire
Destination airport:
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.

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)


Nachtjagd Combat Archive 1944 part three, page 28.
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:

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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