Halifax HR866 (03/11/1943)

Halifax HR866 was one of eight (No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Dusseldorf on the night of the 3rd / 4th November 1943.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Ernest Holmes (Pilot)
  • Joseph Victor Kent (Navigator)
  • Robert William Pape (Air Bomber)
  • Thomas Henry Warren (Wireless Operator)
  • James Mursell Colledge (Air Gunner)
  • John Arthur Van-Marle (Air Gunner)
  • Frederick Ronald Harmsworth-Smith (Flight Engineer)

The AM Form 1180 shows “Landing undercarriage collapsed. Investigation: Undercarriage must have been selected up after landing. More text which needs to be deciphered 


AM Form 78

The movement card shows that the aircraft was classified as Cat FB/B on 4th November 1943. It was allocated to Handley Page and subsequently classified as Cat E on 6th December 1943.

Aircraft Crash Log (Compiled by Nicholas Roberts)

Undercarriage collapsed on landing