Halifax L9511 was one of five No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack the railway station at Wilhelmshaven on the night of the 10th / 11th January 1942.
Its seven-man crew comprised:
- George Henry Steinhauer (Pilot)
- Joseph Thomas Pack (2nd Pilot)
- Lewis Edward Goodrum (Observer)
- Douglas Granville Joseph Campbell (WOP / AG)
- Eric Talbot Meade (WOP / AG)
- Maurice Cohen [aka Cowan] (Air Gunner)
- [-] Mitchell (Flight Engineer)
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Sgt Steinhauer succeeded in reaching the mainland but shortly after doing so his rear gunner’s oxygen mask froze up and the rear gunner contracted frost bite and passed out, their height being 19,000 feet and the temperature -35°. The Flight Engineer was despatched to render first aid, but owing to having omitted to take his portable oxygen supply with him, failed to reach the rear turret and was only brought back to life after the captain had executed a rapid dive to 12,000ft. Sgt Steinhauer with an unserviceable hydraulic system accidentally hit a mobile floodlight (at Mildenhall) on landing, damaging starboard flap and lower half of rudder”.
AM Form 1180
AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows “On landing, hit R/T control trailer – landing to left of flight path to avoid obstruction on right – no blame on pilot”
AM Form 78
The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FA/AC; it was repaired on site and returned to the squadron on 12th February 1942
- It has not been possible to establish whether “Mitchell” is the correct name for the Flight Engineer as it may have been recorded incorrectly in the Record Book. It is not JM Mitchell, who was flying with another crew at this time; further research required