Halifax L9526 (10/09/1941)

Halifax L9526 was one of three No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Turin on the night of the 10th / 11th September 1941.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • EK Creswell (Pilot)
  • – Rowley-Blake (2nd Pilot)
  • A Abels (Observer)
  • WMG Wing (WOP / Air Gunner)
  • S Turner (WOP / Air Gunner)
  • G Lowe (Air Gunner)
  • – Stewart (Flight Engineer)

L9526 returned safely but forced landed near Thetford due to lack of wireless assistance and petrol shortage. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair, but no member of the crew was injured.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

AM 1180

Low Cloud – Wireless Operator intercepted QDM for another aircraft as one for himself. After turning on to it, pilot realised the error and turning sharply back to original course momentarily starved port … engine which cut. Pilot forced landed (Riddlesworth, Norfolk) before other engines cut due to fuel shortage.

Pilot emphasised need for extra petrol tankage on the Halifax (although it was also noted on the card that most of them had been fitted with these)

WR Chorley (RAF Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War)

“Forced landed 06.22 in a field near Harling Road Station on the rail line between Thetford and Norwich. No one was hurt and the Halifax was not seriously damaged,. However, it never flew again and by mid-1942 the airframe was in use as instructional aid, bearing the serial 3034M”

AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was allocated to 43 Group (Maintenance Unit) on 13th September and then to Handley Page on 17th September; it was not returned to the squadron