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    Can anyone tell me something about Halifax JD206, DY-T from RAF 102 Sqd?

    It crashed near our coast (Goeree-Overflakkee, The Netherlands) on June 22 nd 1943.
    I have only one name of the crew, this is Flt Sgt G. S. Honey

    We'd like to make an article for our website (foundation WO2GO)

    Kees

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    Hi Kees,
    Are you sure you're looking for HONEY and Halifax JD206 ? This serial is not in the NIMH-list of aircraft losses The Netherlands. Honey's aircraft came down about 30 km off the coast of Le Havre and the crew were all rescued by Walrus aircraft of 277 Sqn.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Based on a quick google, you both seem to be talking about the same aircraft; obviously I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information on the two sites

    From: http://www.airpages.ru/eng/uk/halifax_9.shtml

    "A few days after this photograph of a Halifax II, JD206/ DY:T, was taken at Pocklington, Flt Sgt G. S. Honey and crew set off in it bound for Mulheim, the raid of 22/23 June 1943. On the way in, while flying over Oberflakke, the bomber was hit by flak (!). Three engines were put out of action and, with only the starboard outer running, Honey had to put the aircraft into a dive to avoid stalling. As parachuting into the sea was not the best option, after jettisoning the bomb load Honey elected to ditch. This was accomplished successfully in the bright moonlight and the crew took to the dinghy. At first light a drogue was raised and was seen by low-flying Mustangs at 06 25hrs. Later in the day Typhoons flew over and eventually two No 277 Squadron Walrus amphibians arrived. One boarded Honey and another member of the crew and took off for Martlesham. The other Walrus, too heavily loaded, was unable to become airborne and proceeded to taxi towards England. The situation was relieved when the Halifax crew were transferred to a motor gunboat from Felixstowe. (IWM CHI0776)"

    From www.wingstovictory.nl/database/pdf/281-story.pdf (The dutch to english translation via Google is very poor!)

    Halifax Mk.II (JD206) of No.102 (Ceylon) Squadron - to 00.01 hours from start
    Pocklington Yorkshire - was on the flight while flying over the coast
    near Goeree - Overflakkee hit by Flak. The heavily damaged machine flew
    then close to the coast to the south and then finally at 30 kilometers from the
    coast near Le Havre an emergency landing at sea had to be done.
    06.35 hours to patrol the crew reported a Mustang and then at 15.30 hours
    second display message was reported by a Typhoon formation. At 19.00
    landed two Walrus amphibian aircraft of No.277 Squadron in the dinghy and was
    the crew on board.
    The pilot and two others went on board the first, after which to
    Martlesham Heath left. The second machine took the others on board but was
    become so heavily loaded that one taxiing towards the coast until the crew could enter
    be transferred to a MGB of the RN.
    Sgt. S.G.Honey safe
    Sgt. A.J. Dick safe
    Sgt. R. Ward safe
    Sgt. R.O. Tudberry safe
    Sgt. J. Brennan safe
    Sgt. FR Hayward safe
    Sgt. D.A. Wagar safe

    Hope that helps

    Regards

    Pete
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    - CA Butler and the loss of Lancaster ME334 (http://rafww2butler.wordpress.com/ )
    - Aircrew Training (Basic / Trade / Operational / Continuation / Conversion)
    - The History of No. 35 Squadron (1916 - 1982) (https://35squadron.wordpress.com/)

    [Always looking for copies of original documents / photographs etc relating to these subjects]

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    Hi, if the data is correct, they were very lucky to fly this distance (Goereee-Le Havre) with an damaged aircraft on one engine. I did some additional research and found this:

    At 0635 a flight of Mustangs reported sighting the crew. One of the pilot was Flying Officer Noel P. Whaley from 170 Sqn. In his log book stands the following notes:
    "170 Sqn 22 June 1943 Mustang AL967 Ops Ijmuiden-Hoek
    Sighted Bomber crew in dinghy 23 miles off Hoek
    Took ASR action. "

    If this is correct, then Le Havre can't be.

    The actions af the Walrus of 102 sqd are described in the book "Another Kind of Courage: Stories of the UK-based Walrus Air-Sea Rescue Squadrons "written bij Norman Franks. I don't have this book, do any of you?

    Kees

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    Correction: Walrus of course from 277 Sqn.

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