Halifax L9569 (10/09/1941)

Halifax L9569 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:

  • John Craig Hamilton (Pilot)
  • Thomas Craig Stobie (2nd Pilot)
  • Jeffrey Arnold Longford (Observer)
  • James Patrick Henderson (WOP / AG)
  • John Peter Burton Buckley (WOP / AG)
  • John Collins (Air Gunner)
  • Walter Roy Stapleford (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “This aircraft returned safely, but forced landed near Eythorne, Kent due to petrol shortage, without casualty or damage to aircraft.


AM Form 1180

The AM Form 1180 (Accident Card shows “10/10th cloud and wireless trouble prevented the pilot from determining his position and force landed before running out of petrol. The pilot emphasised the urgent need for extra petrol storage for type, if they are to undertake long flights”.

AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft remained on charge of the squadron and that no repairs were required