Halifax L9498 (12/06/1941)

Halifax L9498 was one of eight No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the Huls Rubber Factory on the night of the 12th / 13th June 1941.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Lionel William Bovington (Pilot)
  • John Andrew Trevor Meredith (2nd Pilot)
  • Arthur George Eperon (Observer)
  • Albert Edward Hammond (WOP / AG)
  • Reginald Thomas Rudlin (WOP / AG)
  • Noel Eric Henry Coleman (Air Gunner)
  • Norman Willingham (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “After leaving the English coast at Skegness the port outer engine cut out. Aircraft returned to Linton-On-Ouse with bomb load and although it succeeded in making a good landing the aircraft could not be stopped, but finally swung and crashed” (No injuries to the crew)


AM Form 1180

The AM Form 1180 shows “Overshot landing with bomb load; undercarriage collapsed on aircraft returning to base owing to port outer engine failing to respond to xxxxxx. In approach and landing, plane overshot but the fact of landing with full bomb load may have unsettled pilot

AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 shows that the aircraft was struck off charge on 17th June 1941