Halifax R9367 (15/01/1942)

Halifax R9367 was one of four aircraft dispatched by No. 35 Squadron to attack the main railway station at Hamburg on the night of 15th / 16th January 1942.

Its seven-man crew consisted of:

  • Glenn Powell Gardiner (Pilot)
  • Richard Joseph Clarke (2nd Pilot)
  • Alec Henry Fuce (Observer)
  • Norman Henry Hood (WOP / AG)
  • Walter Harold Mennell (WOP / AG)
  • AM Hampton (Air Gunner)
  • [-] Gregson (Flight Engineer)

No. 35 Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “The aircraft lost an engine immediately after take off and was forced to land. Since the “Q” site was unusable, he was instructed to jettison his bombs just outside the aerodrome perimeter. One 1,000lb bomb dropped short of the perimeter and exploded; a large piece of shrapnel penetrated hangar “D” door (which was 500 yards away) and seriously damaged Halifax L9584”

AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) does not record any damage to the aircraft (R9367). L9584 was classified as FA AC; it was repaired on site and returned to the squadron on 10th February 1942