Halifax LW172

Halifax LW172

Phillip Rhodes
Phillip Rhodes

April 6th, 2005, 1:55 pm #1

Hello

I'm trying to find out the names of the crew of LW172, which crashed at Driffield on April 7th/8th 1945. Can anyone help? As an ATC cadet I helped recover the remains of said aircraft in the 1980s.

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Phillip Rhodes
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April 6th, 2005, 4:20 pm #2

Hi Phillip,

8-9 April 1945 Halifax III LW172 HD-F Op:Hamburg
Crew:-
F/O D J Watson RAAF +
P/O R S King +
F/L W A C Patterson DFC +
P/O G A Halliday RAAF +
F/O R M Gale +
P/O A J Dunn RAAF +
F/O W G Flynn DFM +

T/o 19:46 Driffield. Encountered fog on return and while trying to locate the airfield, the Halifax flew into trees and crashed 01:15 at Kirkburn Grange Farm, some 2 miles W of the aerodrome. All rest in various UK cemeteries. F/O Flynn had served with 76 Squadron, details of his award having been published in the London Gazette on 14 September 1943.

from W R Chorley "Bomber Command Losses 1945"


Regards Paul (MZ924)
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April 6th, 2005, 5:55 pm #3

Hello

I'm trying to find out the names of the crew of LW172, which crashed at Driffield on April 7th/8th 1945. Can anyone help? As an ATC cadet I helped recover the remains of said aircraft in the 1980s.

Regards

Phillip Rhodes
Philip,

What was recovered of LW172 and what happened to the wreckage? Is any of it on display?

Cheers

Cees
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Phillip Rhodes
Phillip Rhodes

April 7th, 2005, 2:50 pm #4

Hello

If I remember correctly the remains fitted into two tea chests and were deposited with the Yorkshire Air Museum. I don't know if any of the items found is one display. You could try the museum?

Regards

Phillip Rhodes
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T.vossen
T.vossen

January 9th, 2018, 1:09 am #5

Hello

I'm trying to find out the names of the crew of LW172, which crashed at Driffield on April 7th/8th 1945. Can anyone help? As an ATC cadet I helped recover the remains of said aircraft in the 1980s.

Regards

Phillip Rhodes
I am writing 12 years after your post. Regale was my great uncle. I just learned of his fate. Does anyone have photos of crew that crashed.? Thank you
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T.vossen
T.vossen

January 9th, 2018, 1:11 am #6

Sorry, last message should read RM Gale was my great uncle.
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Terrence Vossen
Terrence Vossen

February 7th, 2018, 1:49 am #7

Hello

I'm trying to find out the names of the crew of LW172, which crashed at Driffield on April 7th/8th 1945. Can anyone help? As an ATC cadet I helped recover the remains of said aircraft in the 1980s.

Regards

Phillip Rhodes
Was a monument ever erected?
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