The aircraft was returning from a mission to attack Frankfurt. The aircraft had been attacked by a nightfighter over the target, damaging the port inner engine. Lost and low on fuel, the Halifax crashed on Blackden Edge in Derbyshire, killing four crew on impact. The seriously-injured Flight Engineer died later at the scene.
The crew were:
658569 Sergeant E H FENNING Pilot Aged 24 (Killed)
R/117476 Warrant Officer II J G F FORTIN Navigator Aged 25 (Killed)
Sergeant V GARLAND Bomb Aimer Aged ? (Injured)
1583419 Sergeant E G LANE Flight Engineer Aged 20 (DoI)
1535267 Sergeant B K SHORT Air Gunner Aged 20 (Killed)
Sergeant J MACK Air Gunner Aged ? (Injured)
1411892 Sergeant F SQUIBBS Wireless Operator Aged 18 (Killed)
Daryl contemplates the remains of HR727.
Photo taken 19:06:2000.
Warrant Officer II Jean Gilbert Felix Fortin's grave at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
(Image copyright: Alan L Clark)
Sergeant Eric George Lane's grave at Nottingham (General) Cemetery.