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Halifax II R9450
Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Date of Crash || 10 Mar 42 ||Aircraft Name || Halifax II ||Serial Number || R9450 |
|Unit || 35 Sqdn ||Operating Airfield || ||Country || Sea|
|Aircrew details || |
|Source|| Henk Welting's Database|
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|4 Engine Aircraft in North Sea||Hi my name is Kevin Smith and I am chairman of a group of divers that search and dive on historic shipwrecks.
We have found the remains of a 4 engine aircraft in the North Sea 27 miles off Mablethorpe. I hope that someone here could help identify this aircraft.
Some artifacts have been recovered by the French Navy and we have dived and taken a video of one of the engines ( sorry about the quality of the video but the visibility was poor and the current was strong) but hopefully someone may be able to help us with this new project.
We would like to identify this aircraft and make a documentary of the planes history and how it came to be in the sea and contact the relatives of the crew to tell them were their loved ones came to rest.
We think it is a WW2 aircraft and think it is British as there are 303 shells around the site.
I have contacted many people including RAF Hendon Duxford BAAC Ross McNeill and other aviation sites and they all tell me that there are no records of a Sunderland off the Lincolnshire coast
My French friend says
I send you the pictures of the artifacts we found on this wreck.
I dive on it and i remember that it was a 4 engines in star "12 cylinder i think !!"
There was no fuselage, only the engines, the cable on the wings and where the fuselage was and the cockpit on the sand.
But we don't photography it !
Mark Evans from BAAC says RE: BAAC Web Form: General BAAC Enquiry
The radio component is very helpful. We think you have parts of a1082/1083 Transmitter/Receiver. The 1082/1083 was superseded by the T1154/R1155 in bombers around 1942. I've been on a Wellington crash site from July 1941 which has the R1155. We should be able to get more details of when the 1082/1083 went out of service. The early radio is consistent with the 1939 date on the direction indicator instrument - that doesn't imply 1939 is the date of loss of course, but it does suggest an early-war loss.
One possibly id is Halifax II (Merlin engines) R9450 of 35 Squadron, which is recorded as crashing 30 miles off Mablethorpe at 23.00 on 9 March 1942. It had taken off at 19.16 from Linton-on-Ouse, bound for Essen. The crew of 7 were never found, so R9450 must be considered a war grave. This may not be the correct ID, because the 1082 radio may have gone out of service by March 1942.
In the Halifax, the navigator sat below and in front of the pilot, whereas in the Lancaster he was behind the pilot, at the same height. If the ICAN was forward of the cockpit area, that would suggest a Halifax - but of course wreckage can move around on the sea bed.
We'll try to get a better date for the radio.
We now know that it is not this Halifax as it has Pegasus Radial engines and this Halifax had Merlin Engines.
After many hours looking through sites it seems that we have found an early Sunderland as every one tells me that the only 4 engine aircraft with Bristol Pegasus engines is a Sunderland but as ....Read More.||Speedwellfane on 9th February 2014 09:44:52|