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Handley Page Halifax B Mk II Aircraft - Middle East 
     
 
Serial Code Fate Remarks
BB321 S Crashed

28 Sep 43

Crashed and burnt at Hosc Raui base after engine failure ex-Larissa op. No injuries.

Thomas

BB325   Destroyed

20 Apr 43

Blew up while being bombed up, Gardabia Main
BB333 J Crashed

12 Oct 43

Crashed after take-off and exploded 2n N of Terria

Marsh

BB338   To 148 Sqn Lost 5 Nov 44 - Crashed in sea on return from supply drop over Yugoslavia
BB357     SOC 22 Feb 45
BB358   Lost 9 Aug 43 Ditched off Berka II due engine failure after San Giovanni operation

Evans

BB382 B To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

FTR Sofia 16 Mar 44
BB385 Q To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC Feb 45
BB386   To 624 Sqn Crashed after T/O 5nm NW of Blida - 4 Mar 44
BB391     SOC Feb 45
BB412   To 148 Sqn Lost over Warsaw, 12 Sep 44
BB413 Q   SOC Feb 45
BB415 V To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

Abandoned nr Malfi - 18 Mar 44
BB416 M To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC Feb 45
BB417   Lost 12 Oct 43 Missing after raid on Maritza, Rhodes

Hall

BB418     SOC Feb 45
BB419     SOC Feb 45
BB420 H To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC Apr 45
BB423   Lost 19 Aug 43 Missing on Crotone, Italy raid

Birmingham

BB424     SOC 1 Jan 47
BB425   To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC 30 Apr 44
BB426 E   SOC Apr 45
BB430   Crashed

2 Nov 43

Undercarriage collapsed on landing Terria. No injuries.

Thomas

BB439   To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC 30 Apr 44
BB443 H Destroyed

20 Nov 43

Blew up while being bombed up, Terria
BB446 T To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

FTR Sofia - 16 Mar 44
DT486 O   SOC 1 Aug 43
DT495 D Lost 9 Feb 43 Missing after raid on Palermo Harbour

Green

Shot down by Haupt. Dr. Horst Patruschka Stab II NG2

DT497 E, R   SOC Jan 45
DT498 C Lost 10 Nov 42 Hit by flak and crashed into sea after Tobruk raid

Goldston

DT499 D Burnt out

5 Nov 42

Landed Fayid, 40lb bomb dislodged

SOC 29 Nov 42

Gribbin

DT501 J Lost 7 May 43 Missing after raid on Gardabia aerodrome. Ditched 70 nm NNW of Tripoli

Vertican

DT504 Y   SOC 22 Feb 45
DT613 A   SOC 31 May 45
JN890   To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

Missing Sofia 16 Mar 44

SOC 31 Mar 44

JN892   To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

SOC 16 Aug 45
JN893     SOC 30 Nov 43
JN895 C To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

Lost 28 Aug 44

FTR. Missing on a supply drop over Yugoslavia (on loan to 1586 Flight)

JN913   Crashed

16 Jan 44

Diverted to Gambut after icing and u/c collapsed. No injuries.

SOC 17 Jan 44

JN916   To 4 ADU Eng cut, ditched off Cape Spartivento 4 Jul 44. SOC 1 Jan 47
JP111[1] M To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

Missing Bucharest, 8 May 45
JP228 P To 614 Sqn

1 Mar 44

Lost Szony 23 Aug 44
W1144 MP:Q Lost 5 Sep 42 With 76 Sqn

Shot down by flak, Heraklion

Bryan

W1148 P, S To 148 Sqn SOC 1 Mar 44
W1149 R   SOC 1 Mar 44
W1151 B   SOC 31 Jan 45
W1156 Y To 2 METS SOC 1 Mar 44
W1158 X To 2 METS

20 Oct 42

Oct 42. Dual control aircraft
W1161 O Lost 18 Jul 43 Ditched returning from Reggio di Calabria

Thiaville

W1169 S   Achieved 50 ops with 462.

SOC 1 Mar 44

W1170 U To 148 Sqn SOC 1 Mar 44
W1172 Q   SOC Feb 45
W1174 G   Attacked by fighters, Heraklion, crash landed

SOC 1 Dec 43

Seymour-Price 

W1176 Z Lost 29 Sep 42 Crashed in forced landing 5m NW of Fayid – ex-ops Tobruk

Murray

W1177 G   SOC 27 Apr 44
W1183 M Lost 11 Oct 42 Hit by flak over Crete and crash landed 12m ENE of Dikirnis, Egypt

Warner

W7655 C, O Crashed

22 Feb 43

Crashed on landing and u/c collapsed. Gardabia South. No injuries to crew.

 

W7659 F Lost 23 Oct 42 Missing after Maleme raid

Flew into sea - icing

Declerck

W7664 T   SOC 1 Feb 44
W7671 H Diverted to Malta

WO 7 Nov 43?

Damaged by flak and engine caught fire: Diverted to Malta – 5 Nov 42

Browne

W7672 E Crashed

29 Sep 42

Crashed on take-off and burned, Fayid after air test

 

W7697 R To 2 METS SOC 1 Mar 44
W7702 L, E Crashed

16 Jan 44

Crashed at El Adem on landing after abandoning ops due bad weather. Nav Griffiths injured.

Potts

W7715 D    
W7716 B To 2 METS

20 Oct 42

SOC 1 Mar 44

Dual control aircraft

W7717 J To 2 METS Ditched off Egyptian Coast after engine fire, 8 Dec 42
W7754 F Crashed

31 Aug 4

Crashed en route to Tobruk due engine failure
W7755 A   SOC 1 Mar 44
W7756 K Crashed

29 Nov 42

Stalled on landing at LG09 and crashed. DBR.

Gibbons

SOC 1 Jan 47

W7758 N Lost 15 Jul 43 Shot down by night fighter 10m S of Cape Spartivento while on ops Sicily

Warner

W7762 D Crashed

30 Sep42

Hit by flak over Tobruk and crashed on landing LG09[2]
W7826 M   SOC 1 Feb 44
W7845     SOC Mar 45
W7847 F   SOC Mar 45
W7848 Y Crashed

6 Feb 43

Ran out of fuel and crashed 10m S of Barce

Fordham

W7849 V, E   SOC Mar 45

 
     
 

Handley Page Halifax B Mk III Aircraft- Europe

 
     
 
Serial Code Fate Remarks
HX244 Z5- To 640 Sqn Crashed 13 Sep 44
LK786 Z5-O To 1658 HCU SOC after ground collision 10 Mar 45
LL598 Z5-A WO
14 Jan 45
Crashed and burnt 2m W of Shipdham, Norfolk after engine fire

Astill

LL599 Z5-E Lost
23 Oct 44
Collided mid-air with Lancaster LM691 of 625 Sqn returning from Essen

Nelder

Halifax Mk.III LL599 
Z5-E
462 Squadron
(Note Bristol Hercules engines)

LL600 Z5-C WO
23 Sep 44
Overshot landing at Sudbury out of fuel and undercarriage torn off.

Robertson

Halifax Mk.III LL600 
Z5-C 
462 Squadron 
Driffield, Yorshire

LL601 Z5-R To 1658 HCU SOC 13 Jul 45
LL604 Z5-D Lost
9 Oct 44
FTR Bochum

Black

LL609 Z5-   SOC 28 Aug 46
LL610 Z5-U Lost
2 Nov 44
FTR Dusseldorf

Jubb

LL611 Z5-V 1658 HCU SOC 22 Feb 45
LV955 Z5-W, E To 192 Sqn FTR 4 Mar 45
LV993 Z5-   SOC 8 Aug 46
LW440 Z5- B, R To 1663 HCU SOC 27 Nov 45
MZ296 Z5-L, N Lost
15 Oct 44
FTR Duisburg – abandoned near Brussels

Cookson

Halifax Mk.III MZ296 
Z5-L
462 Squadron

MZ306 Z5-K   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ308 Z5-S   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ341 Z5- G, P   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ342 Z5- 192 Sqn Lost 9 Feb 45
MZ360 Z5-K To 77 Sqn Lost 5 Jan 45 - Hannover
MZ370 Z5-B, L Lost
9 Mar 45
FTR Special Duties Flight, Dortmund

James

MZ396 Z5-E   SOC 9 Dec 46
MZ398 Z5-X   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ400 Z5-J Lost
9 Oct 44
FTR Bochum

Coleman

MZ401 Z5-D Lost
2 Nov 44
FTR Dusseldorf

Mitchell

MZ402 Z5-V WO
11 Feb 45
Swung on landing at Foulsham and Undercarriage collapsed
MZ403 Z5- To 466 Sqn Crashed 3 Feb 45
MZ426 Z5-J To 466 Sqn SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ429 Z5-O, F   SOC 27 Jul 45
MZ431 Z5-J   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ447 Z5-A Lost
25 Feb 45
FTR Special Duties Flight, Ruhr

Rate

MZ448 Z5-W Lost
25 Feb 45
FTR Special Duties Flight

Ridgewell

MZ457 Z5-Y   SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ461 Z5-O Lost
25 Feb 45
FTR Special Duties Flight

Ely

MZ467 Z5-C Lost
17 Apr 45
FTR Special Duties Flight, Augsburg

Lodder

MZ468 Z5- To 158 Sqn SOC 18 May 45
MZ469 Z5-N Lost
6 Jan 45
FTR Ruhr

Rohrlach

MZ479 Z5-B WO
7 Feb 45
Belly landed at Hethel aerodrome after engine fire

Simms

MZ481[3] Z5-J 1664 HCU Lost 15 Mar 45
MZ598 Z5-A To 426 Sqn FTR 9 May 44
MZ792 Z5-P To 466 Sqn SOC 14 Mar 47
MZ913 Z5-N   SOC 14 Mar 47 - ‘Jane’

Halifax Mk.III MZ913
Z5-N 
"Jane"
462 Squadron

MZ926 Z5-   SOC 24 Feb 47
NA147 Z5-G   SOC 14 Mar 47
NA148 Z5-Z   SOC 20 Sep 45
NA240 Z5-V Lost
11 Apr 45
FTR after patrol over Leipzig

Ball

NA521 Z5-H To 1658 HCU Crashed 14 Mar 45
NA619 Z5-Q To 1663 HCU SOC 9 Dec 46
NA621 Z5-S To 1658 HCU Crashed 10 May 45
NA622 Z5-T To 1658 HCU Crashed 4 Apr 45
NP989 Z5-F To 466 Sqn SOC 2 Nov 45
NP990 Z5-L To 192 Sqn SOC 14 Nov 46
NR119 Z5-C   SOC 23 Aug 45
NR125 Z5- To 466 Sqn SOC 2 Nov 45
NR127 Z5- To 466 Sqn SOC 2 Nov 45
NR132 Z5- To 466 Sqn FTR Bochum – 4 Nov 44
NR152 Z5- To 466 Sqn SOC 14 May 45
NR239 Z5-D   WO 14 Mar 47 - Sold for scrap
NR284 Z5-Q WO
17 Apr 45
Force landed m S of Beetley Hall, Norfolk and burnt after both starboard engines failed. Airtest, 17 Apr 45.
PN168/G Z5-R, T   WO 14 Mar 47 - Sold for scrap
PN180 Z5- To 192 Sqn SOC 9 Dec 46
PN192 Z5-   SOC 28 Nov 45
PN391 Z5-   SOC 26 Dec 46
PN423 Z5-I   SOC 20 Mar 47
PN426 Z5-O   SOC 30 Jan 47
PN427/G Z5-A Crashed SOC 15 Apr 45
PN429 Z5-E Lost
25 Feb 45
FTR Special Duties Flight, Ruhr

Tootal

PN430 Z5-   SOC 30 Jan 47
PN432 Z5-J, E   WO 14 Mar 47- Sold for scrap
PN433/G Z5-R   WO 14 Mar 47- Sold for scrap
PN442 Z5-H   WO 14 Mar 47- Sold for scrap
PN445 Z5-M   SOC 26 Dec 46
PN450 Z5-L   SOC 20 Mar 47
PN451/G Z5-G To RWE SOC 14 Sep 45
PN452 Z5-K To RWE SOC 18 Feb 47
PN453 Z5- To RWE SOC 26 Oct 46
PN454 Z5- To RWE SOC 24 Feb 47
PN455 Z5- To RWE SOC 31 Jan 47
PP214 Z5- To 1 RS WO 9 Jan 50 - Sold for scrap
RG379 Z5- To 192 Sqn SOC 28 Dec 46
RG384 Z5-M, C   SOC 7 Jan 47
RG432 Z5-A WO
14 Apr 45
Overshot at Foulsham with engine trouble and undercarriage collapsed. Ex ops. 4 Apr 45

O’Sullivan

 
     
 

Serials with ‘G’ beside them indicate a special ops a/c requiring armed guard

DBR – Damaged Beyond Repair                          

FTR – Failed to Return

SOC – Struck Off Charge

WO – Written Off

 
     
  Avro Anson Aircraft – Europe  
     
 
Serial Code Fate Remarks
NK718 DT-K2 To RWE

 

Squadron ‘Hack’

Borrowed from 192 Sqn also based at Foulsham

 
     
 

Pre-462 Squadron Losses

 
     
 
Serial Code Fate Remarks
W1144 MP:Q Lost
5 Sep 42
Shot down by flak, Heraklion

76/454 Sqn

Bryan

W1171 X WO
14 Jul 42

 

Crashed at Almaza and exploded after raid on Tobruk. Shot down by flak

10/227 Sqn

Drake

W1178 T DBR
8 Jul 42

 

Transit from Gibraltar to Aqir. Returned and crashed on landing.

10 Sqn Det

Hillier

W7679 C Lost
6 Sep 42
Shot down by flak over Heraklion

Crashed at Kastelli Padiada, Crete

10/227 Sqn

Hacking

W7695 D Lost
10 Jul 42

 

Transit from Gibraltar to Aqir. Crashed into sea off Alexandria.

10 Sqn Det

O’Driscoll

W7754 F 30 Aug 42 Crash landed after engine failure on way to Tobuk. DBR.

76/454 Sqn

Raymond

W7757 W 6 Aug 42 Ditched after being hit by flak, Tobruk. 10/227 Sqn Declerck
W7765[4] D 1 Aug 42 Hit by flak over Tobruk. Crash landed at LG09. SOC 6 Oct 42

76/454 Sqn

Wickham

 
     
 

[1]Robertson not listed as 462.

[2]Same as W7756 or W7765?

[3]Roberts, Halifax File not 462.

[4] See W7762. The entry for W7762 may be incorrect and mistaken for W7765. W7765 is correct.

 
     

The Author of this page is Mark Lax as published in his book "To See the Dawn Again - A History of 462 Squadron, RAAF 1942-2008".

Source: Roberts, R.N., The Halifax File, Air-Britain, Tonbridge, 1982, Sturtivant, Ray, The Anson File, Air-Britain, Tonbridge, 1988.

Updated 21 July 2013

     

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