Halifax L9524 (22/10/1941)

Halifax L9524 was one of three No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Mannheim on 22nd October 1941

The seven-man crew comprised:

  • David Scott Shearman Wilkerson (Pilot)
  • John Stanley Gearing (2nd Pilot)
  • Ian Hewitt (Observer)
  • David Lionel Perry (WOP / AG)
  • Francis Montague Davis (WOP / AG)
  • George Barry Pennell (Air Gunner)
  • Donald Harrington Craig (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “On returning to base, the aircraft crashed on landing, the starboard undercarriage collapsing; no-one was hurt”


AM Form 1180 / AM Form 78

The AM Form 1880 (Accident Card) shows that the undercarriage collapsed on normal landing; aircraft may have suffered an internal fracture when a heavy landing was made previously

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was sent for repair; it was returned to the squadron on 21st January 1942

DSS Wilkerson

The Casualty File shows that Wilkerson was slightly injured; slight laceration of forehead, left eyebrow; he was operational again by 26th October

P.4 (Cas), Casualty Branch File

AIR 81/9794 Pilot Officer D S S Wilkerson: injured; aircraft accident at RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Halifax L9524, 35 Squadron, 22 October 1941.

  • Extracts from the file:
    • Pilot’s Report: The sortie was carried out and a return to base made at 01.15hrs, three circuits of aerodrome were made whilst in TR9 communication with Regional Control. A “green” was then received from the flare path and undercarriage lowered and checked by both pilots, the green light also showing. A normal approach was made at 115mph and full flaps from 600ft at outer circle the green section of the glide path indicator being observed all the way in. A normal hold off was made with no apparent drift; after touching down lightly on the port wheel the aircraft commenced to settle down normally. After a short run the starboard undercarriage collapsed and the aircraft swung round on the outboard engine and wing tip