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  
  RAAF RAAF RAAF RAAF   RAAF RAAF  
         
                 
   
         
         
 

back row:-

F/S P J Hogan.

F/S G W Dixon.

front row:-

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  
   
     
 

If you have anything to add or talk about concerning this crew then please

contact me on the address below,

halifaxlv827@yahoo.co.uk