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    Default Halifax Mk II W.1271 Query

    I am looking for photos of aircraft that my relation P/O Geoffrey B H King 115277 flew out of Pocklington in 102 Sqn; therefore I have been researching the plane numbers from the 102 Sqn ORB that he flew on operations. I have found photos of only two planes that he flew and one of those was a Whitley BD267 UO-K that he flew on the third 1000 Bomber Raid to Bremen on 24 June 1942, when he was still with 19 OTU. The other is a bad photo of Halifax Mk II W.1181 D-DY crashed at Spalding Moor on 24 Oct 1942.

    I was researching Halifax Mk II W.1271 DY-C that he flew on a raid to Dusseldorf on 10/11 Sept 1942 and found that it was subsequently flown by a Sgt. Thirsk and his crew on 13 Sept 1942 to Bremen, and crash landed at Coltishall injuring 3 of the crew on its return.

    The Number W.1271 came up in a search showing this aircraft flying with 419 Sqn RCAF which was re-equipped with Halifaxes in November 1942. Apparently it was flown by a crew from 418 Sqn on a raid to Krefeld June 21/22 1943 and crashed at De Posthoorn, Holland killing the crew.

    Would it be possible that after W.1271's crash at Coltishall it would have been re-furbished and sent to 419 Sqn instead of being returned to 102 Sqn. Or is there a mistake somewhere? Also is there a photo of this machine somewhere?

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    Hello Geoff,

    According to "The Halifax File" by Air-Britain Publications, W1271 was with 102, 10 and 419 Squadrons.
    It was damaged by flak over the Dutch coast on the 13/14th Sept so it looks as though it was repaired and put back into service, they didn't always go back to where they came from more like sent to where they were needed. It is possible to obtain the history of an aircraft's 'postings' from the Air Historical Branch and the RAF Museum, they will also provide the F1180 accident form giving you more details, this used to be a free service and took about 2-3 weeks although I'm not sure if this is still the case, they have always been extremely helpful whenever I have contacted them.

    http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/research...t-records.aspx

    I can't help with a photo I'm afraid and have the same one as you of W1181.

    Rgds

    Pete

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    Hello,

    One of the Wireless Operator/Air Gunners aboard No.102 Sqn Halifax W1271 on 13/14-9-1942, R/54032 F/Sgt Gordon Harry ROWE RCAF, succumbed to his injuries on 20-9-1942. Another of the W.Op/Ag's on W1271, was AUS411060 Sgt Albert Thomas TUCK RAAF, who was uninjured. Tuck subsequently moved on to No.35 Sqn, and was lost on 27/28-9-1943 when Halifax II HR907 failed to return from Hannover. Tuck was awarded a DFC, and also held a PFF Badge.

    Tuck, and the rest of his No.35 Sqn crew, were very lucky to survive a nasty take-off crash on 24/25-7-1943, when Halifax II HR803 crashed one minute out of Graveley, at Great Paxton, Hunts. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 6th October 2013 at 16:33.

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