Halifax W7923 (03/02/1943)

Halifax W7923 was one of fourteen No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg on the night of 3rd / 4th February 1943

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • James Copeland Thomas (Pilot)
  • Gordon Henry Francis Carter (Navigator)
  • Richard Martin (Air Bomber)
  • Edward Roland Turenne (Wireless Operator)
  • John Napoleon Barry (Air Gunner)
  • William Joseph Freeman (Air Gunner)
  • Daniel Christie Young (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows “When approaching to land at base, the undercarriage could not be lowered and a belly landing was made without casualties”


AM Form 1180

The Am Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows: Aircraft belly landed; pilot unable to lower undercarriage by normal or emergency systems.

AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/A (but was subsequently struck off charge)

Aircraft Crash Log (Compiled by Nicholas Roberts)

Aircraft belly landed due to undercarriage failure