Handley Page Halifax III LK844 MH-M 51 Squadron Crashed 14:11:44

The aircraft was on a training flight from its base at Snaith in Yorkshire.
While flying in low cloud and rain, the aircraft went out of control (most likely due to severe icing) and broke up, crashing at 1730 near houses on Ballaclava Terrace, Tingley, Leeds.

Sadly, all on board were killed.

The crew were:

1466020 Flight Sergeant C W R MILLARD Pilot Aged 23

1604485 Sergeant V T SPRAGG Navigator Aged 21

1551166 Flight Sergeant A F SIMPSON Bomb Aimer Aged 28

3031120 Sergeant W P KENDRICK Flight Engineer Aged 19

1869457 Sergeant A W PAYTON Air Gunner Aged 21

1802077 Sergeant K E D SAINES Air Gunner Aged 30

1590143 Sergeant J HILL Wireless Operator Aged 20

Recently the Yorkshire Evening Post ran this article on the crash; it also includes a slideshow.

LK844 - 01aa

Memorial stone; the Halifax crashed on the extreme right of the photo.

The crash site is now completely covered by housing.

LK844 - 02b

In Memory.

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