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Halifax II W1018 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Halifax II W1018

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Halifax II W1018

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantFrederick George ALLEN (514987) Observer Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
SergeantJohn BEVERIDGE (977143) Observer Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
SergeantGeorge James CHAMBERS (1188863) Wireless Op./Air Gunner Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
SergeantAlbert Ernest MESSER (648256) Flight Engineer Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
Flight SergeantWilliam Stanley RAUSCH (R/139127) Air Gunner Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
Flight LieutenantHarold RHODEN (60795) Pilot Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
Flying OfficerDenis Frank TEAGUE (J/10284) Pilot Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard
SergeantEric WALTON (1076366) Air Gunner Halifax II W1018  IBCC 1942-10-2478 Sqdn AIR27 FranceMontcony Churchyard

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Crash of Halifax at Montcony 24 Oct 1942Other than the information shown in Chorley's BCL does anybody have any additional information into the circumstances of the crash of Halifax W1018 or know if the crew were found in or close to the wreckage? A relative of one of the crew believes that they were shot down by a night-fighter but I can find no proof of this. The only German claim that I can find is for a Stirling and there was a 218 Sqn Stirling lost on that night. Any assistance appreciated. Daz ....Read More.78SqnHistory on 31st January 2010 02:10:26
Crash of Halifax at Montcony 24 Oct 1942Of the 3 Stirlings lost, 2 came down in the UK, leaving 218 Sqdn as unknown loss. W1188 was one of two 103 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. (See: W1223). Airborne 1828 24 Oct 42 from Elsham Wolds. Shot down by a nightfighter and crashed between Nant le Grand and Ligny en Barrois (Meuse), 12 km SE of Bar le Duc in France. Those killed are buried in the Nant le Grand Communal Cemetery. S/L Fox gained his DFM while serving with 83 Sqdn, while W/O Spiller had previously served with 12 Sqdn, being Gazetted 11 Feb and 21 Nov 41 respectively. S/L S.H. Fox DFM KIA Sgt H.F. Wood KIA Sgt L. Fitzsimmons KIA W/O H.J. Spiller DFM Evd F/S R. Maddocks PoW P/O G. Wollerton PoW Sgt P.C. Heath KIA F/S N.A. Mercer KIA F/S R. Maddocks was interned in Camps L1/L6/L4, PoW No.838. P/O G. Wollerton in Camp L3, PoW No.785. As W/O Spiller evaded, his report must have mentioned the nightfighter attack. Based on Luftwaffe only claiming one and one Halifax being reported as shot down ,the inference is that the loss of W1018 was either flak related or an accident. ....Read More.KevinW4 on 1st February 2010 05:40:35
Crash of Halifax at Montcony 24 Oct 1942Col thank you for the info I will certainly seek out the book. Spiller was shot down the night after my aircraft, my problem with the loss of W1018 on the night 23/24 Oct is that there is no claim by a German night-fighter and the loaction is well away form the areas normally frequented by fighters. I can find no evidence to support the fact that it was the victim of a fighter. Regards Daz ....Read More.78SqnHistory on 2nd February 2010 11:43:09
AiB AVIA Class ReportsThis file is in better condition in the TNA. More files have photos and the extent of report is expanded from those previously in AVIA5/19 Far fewer mistakes in aircraft serial transcription AA759 Spitfire V 22/10/1941 W1129 AA801 Spitfire IV 29/10/1941 W1132 AB646 Oxford II 30/11/1941 W1149 AB693 Oxford II 20/09/1941 W1111 AH432 Havoc II 21/11/1941 W1143 AH582 Airacobra I ??/10/1941 W1125 AH847 Tomahawk Ia 20/10/1941 W1126 AH856 Tomahawk Ia 31/05/1941 W1031 AH888 Tomahawk Iia 30/04/1941 W1015 AH922 Tomahawk IIa 11/09/1941 W1105A AL562 Liberator II 23/11/1941 W1146 AM260 Liberator I 14/08/1941 W1089 AM261 Liberator I 10/08/1941 W1086a AM915 Liberator I 01/09/1941 W1100 AN522 Fortress I 22/06/1941 W1048 AN534 Fortress I 28/07/1941 W1072 AN536 Fortress I 09/01/1942 W1165 AP475 Oxford II 07/02/1942 W1177 AR671 Mohawk IV 30/01/1942 W1175 AW209 Beaufort I 29/07/1941 W1072a AW215 Beaufort I ??/06/1941 W1040 AW395 Havoc I 26/01/1942 W1171 AW850 Anson I 13/01/1942 W1169 BB912 Havoc I 22/04/1941 W1010 BD786 Hurricane Iib 30/08/1941 W1097 BJ494 Havoc I 29/09/1941 W1115 BL407 Spitfire V 24/12/1941 W1159 BL432 Spitfire V 14/02/1942 W1180 BL480 Spitfire V ??/01/1942 W1174 BL491 Spitfire V 08/03/1942 W1191 BL538 Spitfire V 09/03/1942 W1190 BL568 Spitfire V 10/01/1942 W1167 BT488 Hotspur II 19/12/1941 W1157 HM178 Argus I 15/03/1942 W1196 K5608 Shark II 24/02/1942 W1183 K6110 Tutor I 07/09/1941 W1103 L2887 Skua II 15/05/1941 W1023a L3152 Roc 30/07/1941 W1076a L3284 Henley I 03/06/1941 W1032 L4297 Wellington I 29/04/1941 W1013 L4575 Oxford I 05/05/1941 W1019 L4622 Oxford I 15/11/1941 W1139 L4636 Oxford I 25/10/1941 W1130 L4851 Blenheim IV 01/07/1941 W1055 L5964 Magister I 08/12/1941 W1152 L6195 Botha I 18/11/1941 W1140 L6396 Botha I 11/03/1942 W1194 L6449 Botha I 10/06/1941 W1038a L6750 Blenheim I 24/01/1942 W1173 L6845 Whirlwind P 11/06/1941 W1039 L7248 Lerwick I 21/10/1941 W1127 L7300 Manchester I 23/11/1941 W1144 L7310 Manchester I 21/06/1941 W1046 L7315 Manchester I 29/06/1941 W1053 L7318 Manchester I 15/09/1941 W1107 L7428 Manchester I 18/11/1941 W1141 L7863 Wellington Ic 06/01/1942 W1163 L8084 Magister I 25/06/1941 W1051 L8164 Magister I 11/12/1941 W1153 L9567 Halifax 14/09/1941 W1106a L9652 Oxford I 14/09/1941 W1005 L9935 Beaufort I 07/02/1942 W1178 N1474 Whitley V 17/06/1941 W1042 N3286 Spitfire I 15/08/1941 W1090 N3627 Blenheim IV 08/08/1941 W1086 N3935 Magister I 05/06/1941 W1034 N4563 Oxford I 04/05/1941 W1018 N5453 DH.82 Tiger Moth II 07/07/1941 W1058 N6019 Stirling I 08/05/1941 W1020 N6087 Stirling I 18/11/1941 W1142 N6431 Oxford II 30/01/1942 W1176 N6595 DH.82 Tiger Moth II 17/09/1941 W1108 N7574 Master I 25/09/1941 W1112b N7581 Master I 30/08/1941 W1098 N7704 Master I 07/06/1941 W1035 N7765 Master I 25/09/1941 W1113 N7927 Master I 14/05/1941 W1022 N7996 Master I 17/03/1942 W1199a N9318 DH.82 Tiger Moth II ??/06/1941 W1037 N9643 Anson I 22/04/1941 W1009 N9817 Anson I 15/05/1941 W1023 P1294 Hampden I 30/10/1941 W1133 P1368 Albemarle I 28/02/194 ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 11th November 2011 11:47:59
H RhodenHi Pete Chorley (BCL '42, of course) says F/L Rhoden was pilot of 78 Sqn's Halifax II, W1018, EY--, which took off from Linton-on-Ouse at 17:51 on 23/10/1942 for an op to Genoa. It crashed at Montcony, 10 km NNE of Louhans (Saone et Loire region) in France, killing the crew of 8. They are all buried in the churchyard there. Ian ....Read More.ianh on 7th December 2018 02:02:15
Montcony Memorial, Saone-el-LoireOutside of the small village of Montcony there is a memorial to the loss of a 78 Squadron Halifax and crew (W1018), 8 bodies lie in the local cemetery. The crew plus a 2nd pilot were on operations to Genoa on the night of the 23 October 1942 and it is believed the aircraft came down at around 2040 CET. Yesterday I visited the family of the pilot and looked through letters and photographs relating to his service and loss and have come across a conundrum. Amongst the letters the family received from the Air Ministry is one which states that they are sending the family an account and photographs of the 'accident' which has come from very secret sources. It requests that this information is not shared as this may put the source in danger. From other letters, including those written after the war it suggests that the original witness account came from SOE sources and possibly from a senior F Section agent, who later escaped back to the UK; Yvon Morandat who had been parachuted into France as part of F Section's OUTCLASS network. The conundrum comes from the fact that the original account mentions that the 'aircraft was a big bomber, a Halifax', and that it 'carried 10 aviators, but one must have escaped by parachute'. It then goes on to mention the '9 coffins' and that despite members of the local pro-German administration stating that there was to be no pro British symbolism at the funeral, the airmen were buried with a Union Jack draped over the Pilots coffin and thousands of people from miles around came to pay their respects. So there were 8 in the crew; the normal crew of 7 plus a RCAF 2nd Dickie pilot on his first op; the CWGC only shows 8 graves, the Squadron ORB only shows 8 in the crew. So where does the 9th man come from? Not only is he referred to in the SOE account, the memorial erected on the crash site, says 'In remembrance of the nine members of the RAF' yet it only shows 8 names. The cause of the loss is also difficult to fathom, there are no matching claims from German Night Fighters or Flak, no distress messages received from the aircraft in question, so one must assume something along the lines of mechanical failure or pilot error. The SOE account does not suggest a cause and does not claim to have seen the aircraft crash, the author's first recollection is of a red glow to the north of the village which turns out to be the burning wreckage at the crash site. In post war letters to the family, the loss is referred to as an 'accident'. The family have suggested that the aircraft was engaged in some sort of clandestine activity and think that there maybe some suggestion that the pilot was selected for this specific task as he was experienced being on his second tour. This is not something that they have any evidence to support and may well be something that has become confused over the passage of time. I would welcome any thoughts on why there is a suggestion of a 9th casualty. regards Daz ....Read More.78SqnHistory on 20th January 2019 06:22:49
Op Order Genoa 23/24 October 1942Does anyone have a copy of the 4 Group Op Order for the above op to Genoa? I'm trying to understand the routes and times in connection with the loss of W1018 which crashed at Montcony, France. Any assistance appreciated. Daz ....Read More.78SqnHistory on 22nd January 2019 04:15:24

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