Handley Page Halifax II HR727 MH-V 51 Squadron Crashed 05:10:43

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)

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Daryl contemplates the remains of HR727.
Photo taken 19:06:2000.

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 Warrant Officer II Jean Gilbert Felix Fortin's grave at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
 (Image copyright: Alan L Clark)

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Sergeant Eric George Lane's grave at Nottingham (General) Cemetery.

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