296 Sqdn Op Varsity

Joined: September 5th, 2018, 11:26 pm

September 6th, 2018, 6:51 pm #1

Been researching my wife uncle Sergeant Robert Armstrong who was a flight Engineer on a HalifaxIII .  Armstrong was part of the crew of F/Lt Harold Stanley Priest in Halifax NA131 which took off from Earls Colne on 24th March 1945 at 07:18:30, towing a Horsa glider of 175 Field Ambulance. The aircraft was seen to crash in flames after releasing its glider. Only two of the crew survived, the navigator W/O Allen and wireless operator W/O Rogers, who were able to bale out. In the ORB for 296 squadron (AIR 27/1645) the aircraft recorded as "missing". See Squadron Number: 296 Summary of Events: Y | The National Archives image 326. I believe it was towing glider CN176.
Crew lost that day were Flight sergeant George Edward James Holmes, Flight Sergeant Richard Brothwood, Flight/ Lt Harold Stanley Priest & and our great uncle Sergeant Robert Armstrong. 
Would anyone have photo's of any of the crew or the aircraft.

Many Thanks
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