NR179 Halifax III HD-C
|3rd March 1945|
|Pilot||Bomb Aimer||Navigator||Wireless Operator||Flight Engineer||Mid Upper Gunner||Rear Gunner|
|P/O A P W Shelton||F/S R R Johnson||F/S P J Hogan||F/S G W Dixon||Sgt W E Welsh||F/S G D Laing||F/S V D Bullen|
F/S P J Hogan.
F/S G W Dixon.
P/O A P W Shelton. F/S R R Johnson.
|Take Off :- 18:23||Base :- RAF Driffield||Mission :- Kamen|
|Details :- On returning to base the airfield lights were extinguished as a German night-fighter from NJG2 was reported to the base, as they went to find an alternative airfield to land at they were attacked by a Ju88 at about 01:10 and crashed near Fridaythorpe, Yorkshire, East of York.|
|Sgt Welsh is buried at Melcombe Regis Cemetery.|
|P/O Shelton, F/S Johnson and F/S Dixon are buried in Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery.|
|The Bristol Hercules engines on NR179 were:- Port Outer SS31177M/A461099, Port Inner AC915989N/A384043, Starboard Outer SS31183M/A461105, Starboard Inner SS11768/A378748.|
|Picture courtesy of Australian War Memorial.|
|The Memorial plaque near the crash site|
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