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    Default Crash of Halifax JD201 EY-Y

    Does anyone have any information on the crash of 78 Sqn Halifax II JD 201 EY-Y at approximately 0100 hrs on 31 Aug 1943. According to the Sqn ORB it came down near Wisbech in Cambridgeshire and Chorley's BCL confirms this. Any other information greatly appreciated.

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    Hi Daz,

    from RAF serials by Air Britain (quite a lot of info):

    Broke up when control lost after propeller detached, crashed near Murrow Station, Cambs. returning from M-Glandbach 31.8.43.

    Pavel
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    Nobody Unprepared (nemo non paratus): The History of No. 78 Squadron Royal Air Force by Vernon Holland (published 2002) doed not add a great deal to what you have above or from BCL.

    Page 128-129:
    78 Squadron lost 3 aircraft including Halifax II JD201 EY-Y. Aircraft took off at 00.03 and at 01.00 hours it crashed near Murrow Station, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire killing the entire crew (the crew list follows but I assume you already have this).

    Johnnie

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    Johnnie, Pavel

    thank you very much for replying. The additional information about the propellor is great, although I believe that the aircraft was on its way to the target not returning from it. The take off is given as 0003 hours and the crash at approximately 0100 hrs.

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    Last edited by 78SqnHistory; 17th December 2008 at 13:13. Reason: add info

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    I agree. The time would suggest that it crashed not long after take off. Have you looked out the loss card?

    Johnnie

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    Johnnie

    now I haven't, I didn't know that they were available. How would I go about getting it?

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    I think if you write to the RAF Museum or email

    research at rafmuseum.org

    and give them the date and serial they should be able to dig out the card as they hold copies. If it survives (I ahve researched a few crashes where cards have not been completed) it should tell you quite a bit more about the crash, although like all things some are more detailed than others.

    They should also have the movement card for the aircraft which will tell you where it served and when, and if it had been damaged before.

    Johnnie

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    Johnnie

    many thanks for your help with this, I'll give the RAF Museum a try.

    thanks
    Daz

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