Halifax HR914 (27/08/1943)

Halifax HR914 was one of eighteen No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Nuremberg on the night of the 27th / 28th August 1943.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Randall Vincent Jones (Pilot)
  • Victor Robert Hobbs (Navigator)
  • P Smith (Air Bomber)
  • Thomas Donald Henderson (Wireless Operator)
  • Gerald Carrell (Air Gunner)
  • Peter Ross Jung (Air Gunner)
  • Wilfred Arthur Jeffries (Flight Engineer)

The route was Beachy Head, 5005N / 0125E, 4915N / 0825E, 4900N / 1100E, Target, 4940N / 1050E, 5005N / 1025E, Beachy Head

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “Returned early from High Wycombe 22.14 hours, 3,000 feet because generator on port inner was not working and red light showed. Aircraft vibrating excessively; 9 x 500 MC jettisoned safe at position 5220N 0257E at 23.01 hours, 4,500 feet. 1 x 500 MC hung up and brought back. Under carriage collapsed as aircraft landed and it crashed on the runway. All crew safe and unhurt”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as Cat FB/E on 28th August 1943 and it was struck off charge on 10th September 1943