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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 141112
Last updated: 14 July 2019
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Date:06-JUN-1944
Time:
Type:General Aircraft Hamilcar I
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: HH932
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:on Normandy ops -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:

Hamilcar HH 932 was lifted off from RAF Tarrent Rushton on June 6th 1944 by Halifax LL403 9UG 644 Squadron RAF as part of Operation Tonga. Halifax pilot F/L Bob Baird.

Takeoff was noted as 02.06 am June 6th 1944 in the unofficial control tower log, making this the first Hamilcar ever to take off on a combat operation. There were four Hamilcars in this lift.

Cargo was a 17 pounder anti-tank gun and crew towed by a modified Morris Quad 8 gun tractor.

HH932 was released on target despite the Halifax pilot being injured by flak while crossing the French coast.



Sources:

The above information came to me from my father W/O W Q McGeachin RAAF who was the navigator of LL403 9UG


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jan-2012 12:11 Uli Elch Added
14-Jul-2019 06:55 SnapperGeoff Updated [Source, Narrative]

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