Halifax L9579 (12/10/1941)

Halifax L9579 was one of five No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the Siemens Factory at Nuremberg on the night of the 12th / 13th October 1941.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Harry Aston Williams (Pilot)
  • (Possibly) Lionel Monck Mason (2nd Pilot)
  • Arthur Sykes (Observer)
  • Leonard Stewart Thorpe (WOP / AG)
  • Frank Wilson Crocker (WOP / AG)
  • George Barry Pennell (Air Gunner)
  • Edmund Ernest Stocker (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Squadron aircraft were diverted to stations within the Group as this aerodrome had gone out due to fog. L9579 failed to receive the diversion and whilst attempting to land at Linton ran out of petrol on the approach and crashed. The Captain had already baled out three of his crew (*) and it was after he had baled out the third that he saw the flarepath and decided to attempt a landing. The four remaining members of the crew were fortunately uninjured”

(*) Believed to be the 2nd Pilot, Observer and Wireless Operator


AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/E and struck off charge

AM Form 1180

The AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows: Uneconomical running caused high fuel consumption. Tried to return to base with small margin of petrol. All engines cut during approach; crashed with undercarriage down.