Halifax W7866 (20/12/1942)

Halifax W7866 was one of nine No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Duisburg on the night of the 20th / 21st December 1942.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Geoffrey Norman Reeve (Pilot)
  • Elmer Harold Anthony (Navigator)
  • Stanley Alfred Miller (Air Bomber)
  • Harry James Leonard Peto (Wireless Operator)
  • Lloyd George Lawson (Air Gunner)
  • William Scott Minto Edmondston (Air Gunner)
  • George Richard Bradley (Flight Engineer)

There are no details of any damage recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book, but the AM Form 1180 (Accident Card) shows “After landing, undercarriage collapsed; no defect (It cannot be assumed that the pilot did not lock undercarriage but in view of doubt and pilots clean record, no further action”


The AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/AC on 21st December 1942; it adds that the aircraft was sent for repair and was not returned to the squadron