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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52744
Last updated: 9 February 2021
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Time:02:45 LT
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Owner/operator:405 (Vancouver) Sqn RCAF
Registration: W1175
C/n / msn: LQ-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:probably crashed on sandbank De Waard in the Wadden Sea off Friesland -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Pocklington
Destination airport:
Takeoff at 23:32 hrs for an operation to Bremen in Germany.
Homeward-bound, the aircraft was hit by heavy (schwere) Flak and crashed.
Six of the crew are missing in action:

Pilot:R/56351 Flt Sgt William Ewart Nixon Field RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 103
Flight Engineer:1213401 Sgt Ronald Frank Ansell - Runnymede Memorial Panel 77
Observer:R/69615 WOII Rowan Charles Fitzgerald RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 102
Bomb Aimer:1065468 Sgt Alan Danby - Runnymede Memorial Panel 81
Wireless Operator/Air Gunner:1169531 Sgt Eric Omar Smith - Runnymede Memorial Panel 93
Air Gunner: Aus/407695 Flt Sgt Murray Ralph Kleisdorff RAAF - Harlingen General Cemetery Plot E. Row 2. Grave 4.
Air Gunner:R/68523 Flt Sgt John Drew Ailey - RCAF - Runnymede Memorial Panel 102


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Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
29-Jun-2017 11:29 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2018 13:30 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
04-Feb-2018 13:36 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
13-Oct-2018 16:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport]
05-May-2020 08:01 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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