Halifax R9372 (30/12/1941)

Halifax R9372 was one of six No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the Battle Cruisers (Scharnhorst and Gneisenau) in Brest harbour on the 30th December 1941 (daylight raid).

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • DSS Wilkerson (Pilot)
  • LJ Nelmes (2nd Pilot)
  • I Hewitt (Observer)
  • – Perry (WOP / Air Gunner)
  • SF Hazleton (WOP / Air Gunner)
  • – Sankey (Air Gunner)
  • – Craig (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “This aircraft attacked primary at 14.00hrs from 16,000ft. No observation of results was possible as observation plate was hit by flak just after bombs were dropped. Two inner engines were put out of action. Holes in wings, tanks, bomb doors and flaps and tyre punctured; damage being done by flak and fighters. One ME109E seen to dive steeply away after attack with smoke coming from the engine. It was not seen to crash. R9372 landed safely at St. Eval”


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

AM Form 78

The Movement Card shows that the aircraft was classified as FB (AC) (*); it was allocated to Handley Page and returned to the squadron on 9th January 1942

(*) FB (AC) – Damaged on operational duties; Repair is beyond the unit capacity, but can be repaired on site by another unit or a contractor