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Thread: Halifax EB130, hit Watch Tower Portreath, 10-9-43

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    Default Halifax EB130, hit Watch Tower Portreath, 10-9-43

    Hi all,

    A long way out of my usual field this one, but I'm doing a bit of digging around for someone that I'd really like to pull up some decent gen for :-)

    Halifax EB130, according to "The Halifax File", initially served with 295 Squadron, but was then sent to the Overseas Aircraft Delivery Unit, with whom it crashed on the 10th of September 1943 whilst landing at RAF Portreath in Cornwall. During the course of the landing, EB130 hit the Watch Tower at Portreath, substantially damaging it in the process.

    Presumably, the aircraft was using Portreath as a staging unit before flying on to its new unit overseas. Does anyone have any details whatsoever of this incident, including the crew if known? I've done the usual searches on Google, but nothing much comes up. On the "Unaccounted Airmen" post on this board for the relevant date, none of the unaccounted listed have so far been matched to EB130. In the photo I have seen, the fuselage seems to be relatively intact, although the tail section has broken away and is at right angles to the fuselage.

    Over to you experts :-)

    L/O

    Greg
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    Greg. E-mailed acc report, has two pilots names.
    Richard

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    Richard,

    Fantastic, many thanks indeed. It'd be interesting to know where the OADU were intending to deliver the Halifax to :)

    I owe you a beer!!

    All the best as always,

    Greg
    "You can take the boy out of Wales,
    But you can't take Wales out of the boy!!"

    Greg Harrison
    100 Squadron and 100 Squadron Association Historian
    100 Squadron Researcher 1917 - present day
    1 Group Researcher 1940 - 1945

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