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    Default Halifax II DT624, cr. December 15th 1942

    Hello everyone

    I'm looking for details about the loss of Halifax II DT624 of 405 (R.C.A.F.) Squadron, which crashed near East Boldre, Hampshire on December 15th 1942.

    The only information I have is from the Hampshire Crashes website, that it suffered an engine failure. My copy of Chorley's BCL 1942 doesn't seem to have an entry for the loss.

    Can anyone tell me if it was on an Op or a training flight, and confirm if the crew were as follows:

    R/85406 WO2 Stewart, Robert William, Pilot
    R/57608 F/S Rollins, Richard Alan, Flight Engr
    1019207 Sgt Ryan, James, Observer
    541917 F/S Watson, Lewis Gilbert, Bomb Aimer
    1377351 Gapes, Albert George Henry, WOp/AG
    R/120164 Gunn, Harold William, Air Gunner
    R/115190 Sgt Shaw, Robert James Abadore, Air Gunner

    Many thanks,

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    RCAF Squadron ORBs are digitised here http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oo...c_mikan_135766
    405 Squadron are on reel C-12270 and the page you are after is 1140
    It was an anti submarine patrol so not in BC losses.

    Pete

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    Aha, that explains it. I automatically assumed 405 was always Bomber Command, but now see they were 'loaned out' to Coastal Command.

    The Form 541 entry, page 1148, confirms the crew as per post #1. Details from Form 541:

    Operation No. 183
    Anti Submarine Patrol No. 45, Bay of Biscay
    Four a/c detailed
    Bombload 9 x 250 Torpex
    Halifax II ‘V’ (SGT PERRY) Routine Patrol. Landed St. Eval
    Halifax II ‘B’ (F/L SHOCKLEY) Routine Patrol. Landed Base
    Halifax II ‘U’ (F/S SHARR) Routine Patrol. Landed Base.
    Halifax II ‘F’ (SGT STEWART) CRASHED.
    Up: 07.28
    While on patrol a/c experienced engine trouble in port outer and Captain decided to return to base. On arrival at Beaulieu, he received permission from flying control to make a right hand circuit and land. He began normal landing procedure when his port wing was seen to drop when a/c was just beyond the south side of the aerodrome at 7 to 800 feet altitude. A/C seemed to drop off into spin and suddenly crash into ground. Huge billows of smoke being visible from the operations block. On arrival, of fire equipment and ambulance, the a/c was practically burned out, all members of the crew perishing in the flames.


    Many thanks Pete, much appreciated.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 10th September 2016 at 13:42. Reason: Added entry from Form 541

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