NP969 Halifax III HD-Q

  
16th January 1945
                 
Pilot Bomb Aimer Navigator Wireless Operator Flight Engineer Mid Upper Gunner Rear Gunner  
                 
  F/O L F B Barrett F/S H F King F/S C F White F/S W T Simpson Sgt W E C Mount Sgt J Powell F/S F W Lee  
  RAAF   P.o.W. RAAF        
     
                 
   
                 
                 
  Take Off :- 18:47   Base :- RAF Driffield   Mission :- Magdeburg  
                 
  Details :- Attacked by a night-fighter which set the two starboard engines on fire, the Pilot instigated a steep corkscrew evasive manoever but due to the damage the aircraft went into a steep spin and exploded in the air. F/S C F White was blown out of the aircraft to become a P.o.W., the others in the crew were unable to escape. NP969 came down at Olvenstedt, 4 miles N.W. of Magdeburg.  
                 
  Those of the crew who died are now buried in the Berlin 1939 - 1945 War Cemetery after being initially buried in Olvenstedt, Germany.  
         
    Picture of F/S W T Simpson courtesy of National Archives Australia    
  Picture of Sgt W E C Mount kindly donated by Bryan Dewar  
  Picture of Sgt J Powell kindly donated by Carole Wise  
               
 

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