Halifax R9446 (08/03/1942)

Halifax R9446 was one of ten No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Essen on the the night of 8th / 9th March 1942

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Glenn Powell Gardiner (Pilot)
  • Richard Joseph Clarke (2nd Pilot)
  • Alec Henry Fuce (Observer)
  • John Alexander George Firth (WOP / AG)
  • Norman Henry Hood (WOP / AG)
  • William Russell Parr (Air Gunner)
  • [-] Gregson (Flight Engineer)

The AM Form 1180 shows “Bomb door damaged due to selection lever accidentally placed in “closed” position. When engines started the pressure from the pump forced the doors too tightly against two protruding 4000lb bombs. Retro action by unit to fit a bomb door stop …… to each aircraft”


AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows no damage to the aircraft and it remained on charge of the squadron;