Handley Page Halifax III
The aircraft was returning from a mission to attack the V-1 launch sites at Croixdalle. The aircraft had been damaged by anti-aircraft fire over the target, it was reported by eyewitnesses to be on fire as it passed over Nottingham. Possibly, the pilot tried to extinguish the fire in his starboard outer engine by putting MZ519 into a dive; unfortunately this caused the weakened wing to break away, the aircraft crashing just South of the village of Farnsfield, near Newark. Sadly, all on board were killed.
The crew were:
177439 Pilot Officer R PARFITT Pilot Aged 22
152501 Flying Officer B G TURNIDGE Navigator Aged 24