HZ580 Wellington X HD-C
|25th July 1943|
|Pilot||Bomb Aimer||Navigator||Wireless Operator||Air Gunner|
|F/S R E Thorpe||F/S D P Speechley||F/S C R Cowan||F/S W Harper||W/O J Harrison-Owen|
|Take Off :- 22:46||Base :- RAF Leconfield||Mission :- Essen|
|Details :- HZ580 was attacked by a Nightfighter, the damaged Wellington managed to limp on for approx another 70 miles before it was lost in the sea off the coast of Holland.|
|705 aircraft detailed for this mission, 26 aircraft were lost on this mission.|
|F/S Thorpe and F/S Harper are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.|
|F/S Speechley is buried in Westduin General Cemetery.|
|F/S Cowan is buried in Noordwijk General Cemetery.|
|W/O Harrison-Owen is buried in Westduin General Cemetery.|
Picture of F/S W Harper courtesy of Australian War Memorial.
Picture of F/S R E Thorpe and F/S C R Cowan courtesy of National Archives Australia.
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