Halifax R9440 (13/03/1942)

Halifax R9440 was one of eleven No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Cologne (Special Target A) on the night of 13th / 14th March 1942.

Its seven-man crew consisted of:

  • William Bruce Archibald (Pilot)
  • Leslie John Nelmes (2nd Pilot)
  • Geoffrey Hillam Gurr Murray (Observer)
  • Archibald McCulloch McLaren (WOP / AG)
  • James Frederick Staff (WOP / AG)
  • Douglas Francis (Air Gunner)
  • Samuel Palmer (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “R9440 was unable to reach the primary target owing to the starboard inner engine failing. On landing at Linton, this aircraft overshot the runway and crash landed, afterwards being struck off charge. All crew members escaped uninjured”


AM Form 1180

The AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows “Overshot when landing at night. Pilot purposely came in fast as 3 engines only were being used. Ground haze made landing difficult”