Halifax W7778 (08/03/1943)

Halifax W7778 was one of eleven No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Nurnburg on 8th / 9th March 1943

Its six man crew consisted of:

  • George Frank Lambert (Pilot)
  • Gordon Davidson Hogg (Navigator)
  • James Errol Philip Doll (Air Bomber)
  • Ronald Arnold Kempsell (Wireless Operator)
  • Samuel James Knight (Air Gunner)
  • Anthony Claude Beddoe (Flight Engineer)

The squadron’s Operations Record Book shows: At Longuyon, 21.38 hours, 13500ft, attacked by JU88, port inner oil tank holed. Port flap approx. 2ft shot away, rear turret U/S due to oil leak. Port inner bomb door shot off and port inner propeller damaged. Sortie abandoned as still over 200 miles from target


AM Form 78

The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/AC on 8th March 1943; the aircraft was sent for repair and was returned to the squadron on 22nd March 1943

(Note: The AM Form 78 suggests that it was not returned to the squadron until 22nd April 1943; however the squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that it was operational again from 22nd March)

AM Form 1180

There is no AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) for this incident; as such, there are no further details available