Halifax HX169 was one of twenty one No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Mannheim on the night of the 18th / 19th November 1943.
It was carrying 3 x 1000lbs MC, 2 x 1000lbs GP and various flares and target indicators. Its designated Path Finder role was Blind Marker
Its seven-man crew comprised:
- Daniel Bulmer Everett (Pilot)
- Norman Sidney Raymond McMinn (Navigator)
- Albert Walter Bennett (Air Bomber)
- Frank Joseph Tudor (Wireless Operator)
- Bernard James Healy (Air Gunner)
- James Walter Warren (Air Gunner)
- Gordon Ireland (Flight Engineer)
The route was Beachy Head, Cayeux, 4948N 0825E, Mannheim, 4912N 0808E, 4850N 0500E, 5000N 0115E, Cayeux, Beachy Head
The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “After this aircraft had landed, it was discovered that the rear gunner, F/S Healy, was dead in his turret, the cause later found to be lack of oxygen”
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC) records show the following burial details:
- HEALY, BERNARD JAMES, Flight Sergeant ‘1335475’ CAMBRIDGE CITY CEMETERY Grave 13519.