De onfortuinlijke Halifax in het groninger landschap (Foto: Gevleugeld Verleden van A.A. Jansen)

De onfortuinlijke Halifax in het groninger landschap (Foto: Gevleugeld Verleden van A.A. Jansen)

Crash T2689
Day or Night of Operation 25/26 Jul 1943
Target Essen
Aircraft Handley Page Halifax Mk II
Built by Handley Page
c/n or Werknr
Serial or Stammkenzeichen HR864
Call Sign or Verbandskenzeichen LQ-M
Unit 405 SQN
Air Force RAF
Take off time 21.46
Airfield Gransden Lodge
Crashed at 23.56
Cause of the Crash Shot down by NF
Crash Location Crashed between Theseringerlaan and Ten Boer
Province Groningen
Salvaged by
Salvage date
Wreckage sent to
Source Chorley W.R. Bomber Command Losses 1943 page 243
Additional source “Met de blik naar boven” p.279 for NF, location and time;
“Gevleugeld verleden” p.284-290 by Ab A. Jansen; Archive H. Welting
Last update November 2015
Tomczak crew, Gransden Lodge, Engeland (SGLO – Archive)

Tomczak crew, Gransden Lodge, Engeland (SGLO – Archive)

Function Mil Rank Name Hon Mil Reg Age Air Force Cemetery Grave Remark
Pilot F/O M.E. Tomczak J/21899 RCAF Ten Boer 26
Flight Engineer Sgt. A.J. Wood 641465 RAF Ten Boer 26
Navigator F/O. A.P. McCracken J/14192 RCAF Ten Boer 26
Bomb Aimer F/Lt. A.J. Sochowski J/20161 RCAF Survived POW
Wireless Op W/O II C.J.V. Kettley R/97604 RCAF Ten Boer 25
Air Gunner F/Sgt. E.K.E. White R/150887 RCAF Ten Boer 24
Air Gunner P/O. M.S. Smyth J/18088 RCAF Ten Boer 27

Also See:
Bulletin 336 uit december 2012 Handley Page Halifax HR864
April 2016 Koffertje leidt tot bijzondere herdenking in Ten Boer

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