Halifax W7878 (30/01/1943)

Halifax W7878 was one of three No. 35 Squadron aircraft detailed to attack Hamburg on the night of the 30th / 31st January 1943.

Its seven-man crew comprised:

  • Oscar William Rees (Pilot)
  • Herbert Brian Felix  Lymna (Observer / Navigator)
  • Vernon Reginald Matthews (Air Bomber)
  • Arthur Denby Barker (Wireless Operator / [WOP/AG])
  • Ivor Corfield (Air Gunner)
  • Leonard Jesse North (Air Gunner)
  • John Maurice Mitchell (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: “Aircraft landing, strong cross wind xxxxx swung off runway; unable to check aircraft to avoid hitting unmarked defence post”


AM Form 78

AM Form 78 (Movement Card) shows that the aircraft was classified as FB/AC on 31st January 1943; it was sent for repair and returned to the squadron on 11th February 1943