428 Squadron involved in a crash in sweden??

Joined: February 11th, 2007, 7:52 pm

February 11th, 2007, 8:04 pm #1

Hey everybody!
I looking for information about a Handley Page Halifax Halifax II LW285, 428 Squadron. The aircraft crashed in sweden 23 april 1944. The Crew:
Bell, Niel Alan F/O J14200nav (RCAF)
Blake, William V F/O J14132ff (RCAF)
Danskin, John S 994910 (RAF)
Graham, Cyril W/O 1134777wo (RAF)
Houston, James Talbert P/O J85371 (RCAF)
Jerry, Thomas S R193667ag (RCAF)
Watt, Walter David F/O J21540 (RCAF)

This is what I have been found out. Is there anyone who knows more or even better have any photos.

Thanks..

Hewa

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Karl Kj
Karl Kj

February 12th, 2007, 2:52 am #2

Got this from the website of www.lostbombers.co.uk

My other records say this Halifax crashed 500 meters off of Solvesborg, Liel, Sweden. The pilot held the aircraft steady while the crew baled out and then the Halifax went out of control before the pilot could bale out and he was killed in the crash and his body was never found.
Cheers, Karl Kj.

Halifax was badly damaged by a Ju88 before escaping




Serial Number LW285
Squadron 428
X1D NA-Z
Operation Gardening
Date 1 23rd April 1944
Date 2 24th April 1944


Further Information
"Serial range LW259 - LW301. 43 Halifax Mk.11. Part of a batch of 360 HP61 Halifax Mk.B.11/111. LW223-LW246; LW259- LW301; LW313-LW345 (100) B.11; LW346-LW348; LW361-LW397; LW412- LW446; LW459-LW481; LW495-LW522; LW537-LW559; LW572-LW598; LW613- LW658; LW671-LW696; LW713-LW724 (260) Mk.111. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 7Sep43 and 2Oct43. LW285 was initially issued to No.429 Sqdn. LW285 was delivered to 428 Sqdn, ex-works, 15Sep43. When lost this aircraft had only accumulated 133.10 hours, probably as a result of having to undergo repairs to battle damage on site on two occasions. Airborne 2046 23Apr44 from Middleton St.George to lay mines in Baltic waters. Attacked at 13,000 feet by a Ju88 whose fire wounded Sgt Jerry RCAF and damaged the Halifax so severely that course was set for Sweden. Subsequently, the Halifax became uncontrollable and was abandoned from 9,000 feet. F/O Blake remained at his controls to keep the unstable aircraft as steady as possible to enable his crew to successfully abandon. Unable to leave the cockpit to bale out himself he was killed in the subsequent crash, he is commemorated on Panel 245 of the Runnymede Memorial. F/O W.V.Blake DFC RCAF KIA Sgt J.Danskin Evd F/O N.A.Bell RCAF Evd F/O W.D.Watt RCAF Evd W/O C.Graham Evd Sgt T.Terry RCAF Evd P/O J.T.Houston Evd "
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Hewa
Hewa

February 12th, 2007, 4:54 pm #3

Thanks for the support. I have allready visit this website, the information I got is from this website. Any other suggestions are most welcome

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Karl kj
Karl kj

February 12th, 2007, 11:54 pm #4

Dear Hewa, Ok you have the same information as me,

Try Chris Charland, an expert RCAF researcher and one of Halifax 57 Rescue (Canada)directors.

Contact Chris at ccharland"AT"cogeco.ca replacing "AT" with the correct symbol.

Cheers, Karl
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hewa
hewa

February 13th, 2007, 5:03 pm #5

Thanks very much,you been great help. I try contact him for further information
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John Johansson
John Johansson

February 8th, 2015, 3:56 pm #6


Hello Hewa


I know about the Halifaxe airplane with Pilot Fo V.W. Blake You asked about

So it is that i half the year ( summertime ) lives in a small fishingvillage

namned Torsö, and it is just outside the port of Torsö on a deep about 42 ft. the

wreck is located .

Now it is planes to arrange a memorial plate over Pilot Fo V.W. Blake.

One question do You know anything about any relatives to him.

Waiting hearing from You with informationes and QUESTIONES.


Regards


John Johansson.


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Anonymous
Anonymous

February 11th, 2015, 12:12 am #7

Apparently, Swedish divers tried to recover his body in May 1944. A diver found the forward escape hatch blocked by something. A line was attached and he came to the surface. As the rescue boat started to pull on the line, a large explosion went off at the aircraft injuring 4 members of the rescue crew and damaging the boat. It was thought that there was now no hope in recovering the pilot. Hope this adds to the story.
Richard
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John Johansson
John Johansson

February 12th, 2015, 9:31 am #8

Hello unknown.

Yes that is the real story.
Now and then you can read some cuffers about the wreck.
Do You know anything about relatives to the pilot or the creww ?

Regards

John.
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John Johansson
John Johansson

February 12th, 2015, 9:32 am #9

Apparently, Swedish divers tried to recover his body in May 1944. A diver found the forward escape hatch blocked by something. A line was attached and he came to the surface. As the rescue boat started to pull on the line, a large explosion went off at the aircraft injuring 4 members of the rescue crew and damaging the boat. It was thought that there was now no hope in recovering the pilot. Hope this adds to the story.
Richard
Hello unknown.

Yes that is the real story.
Now and then you can read some cuffers about the wreck.
Do You know anything about relatives to the pilot or the creww ?

Regards

John.
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Hewa
Hewa

March 25th, 2015, 6:01 pm #10

Hello Hewa


I know about the Halifaxe airplane with Pilot Fo V.W. Blake You asked about

So it is that i half the year ( summertime ) lives in a small fishingvillage

namned Torsö, and it is just outside the port of Torsö on a deep about 42 ft. the

wreck is located .

Now it is planes to arrange a memorial plate over Pilot Fo V.W. Blake.

One question do You know anything about any relatives to him.

Waiting hearing from You with informationes and QUESTIONES.


Regards


John Johansson.

- John johansson -

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