Halifax HR777 (08/10/1943)

Halifax HR777 was one of eighteen No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Bremen on the night of the 8th / 9th October 1943.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Melville Max Victor Lewis Muller (Pilot)
  • Norman George Emery (Navigator)
  • Derrick Ernest Coleman (Air Bomber)
  • Harold Thomas Maskell (Wireless Operator)
  • Ross Albert Whitfield (Air Gunner)
  • Walter Allan Hooper (Air Gunner)
  • Thomas Ellwood (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Turned back from 5255N 0800E, 00.56, 5 hours, 18500 ft after being attacked by a nightfighter. Bombs jettisoned to maintain height and aircraft crash landed in Coltishall area all crew being safe. Aircraft a complete write off”


Two engines said to have been rendered unserviceable following combat with enemy fighter over hostile territory. Crash landed in a field near Coltishall. F/O Maskell, F/S Emery, Sgt Hooper, Sgt Coleman, and Sergeant Bent were uninjured. F/O Muller was slightly concussed. This was not discovered until he returned to his unit that evening. He was transferred to RAF Hospital, Littleport, Cambridgeshire the following day and returned to full flying duties after three weeks. Sgt Elwood sustained slight bruises of his right eyebrow and his right knee and was returned to duty on 10th October 1943″

AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as Cat. E (Burnt) and it was struck off charge on 23rd October 1943