"Handley Page Halifax four-engined heavy bomber used primarily in night
operations and usually crewed by seven airmen, a Pilot, a Flight Engineer,
a Navigator, a Bomb Aimer, a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, a Mid Upper
gunner and a Rear Gunner. Occasionally a second pilot might be
aboard......." There are links to a dedicated page for the Halifax, too.
That reveals it had a bomb load capacity of about 6 tons. If a drop was
heavy then I guess this capacity would be useful. That the load survived
but the airmen not, I can only guess that the load was rather robust!
It also said the Halifax operated largely at night, and as the war
progressed was used for what was described as "secondary roles" including
reconnaissance, glider tugs, etc.
A person who is near kin can apply to the RAF for service records. This
will only provide dates, stations, squadrons, etc, but finding the unit
would almost certainly identify indirectly what they flew. I managed to
apply for the records for my father and my uncle, my cousin (uncles son)
having died. There is a charge, and you would need to interpret the
information by referring to squadron histories.
On 20 June 2016 2:34:01 pm Adrian Bruce via <sog-uk(a)rootsweb.com> wrote:
On 20 June 2016 at 08:43, Theresa Green via
> ... then, after contacting them, was told the most amazing story about his
> mission. ... He went out on his mission with 6 others (the standard crew
> in a Hurricane) ...
That's interesting - I wonder where that story came from, because I always
assumed that everything that they had, was on the site. Maybe they simply
aren't able to use everything, so it gets filed.
Incidentally, purely in a desire to get everything right for your uncle, if
there were 7 guys in the plane, then it wasn't a Hurricane, which is a
single seat fighter. If you're looking for a big plane beginning with "H",
then it might have been a Halifax - a 4 engined heavy bomber.
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