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Last updated: 19 June 2020
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Date:24-MAR-1944
Time:23:11
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk III
Owner/operator:RAF
Registration: LW718
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Horsey Gap -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Developed engine trouble on route to Berlin, turned back toward RAF Lissett but crashed on the beach at Horsey gap, Norfolk, killing all 7 aboard

Crew:-
Pilot - Keith Shambler Simpson, 25, from Sydney, Australia.

Flt Engineer - Sgt Thomas James Barnett, 39, from High Wycombe, Bucks.

Navigator - Flying Officer Norman Hindley, 27, from Merton.

Air Bomber - Pilot Officer Derek Joseph Hemsley, 20, from Salfords, Surrey.

Wireless Operator - Flt Sgt Walter Suddaby, 22, from Hull.

Mid Upper Gunner - Sgt William Buchan, 28, from Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Rear Gunner - Flt Sgt Malcolm John McKay, 21 from Queensland, Australia.

William Buchan and Norman Hindley are buried at their home towns, the other crew are buried at Cambridge City Cemetery.

All came to 158 Squadron from the 1658 HCU (Heavy Conversion Unit) on August, 28 1943 and all - with the exception of Malcolm McKay, flew with Keith Simpson while at HCU.

Flt Sgt McKay joined the crew at Lissett.

Sources:

http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/the-popular-east-norfolk-beauty-spot-that-holds-heartbreaking-wartime-memories-1-3572516


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Oct-2016 06:03 Wee Tam Added
05-Oct-2016 06:03 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
06-Oct-2016 06:37 Wee Tam Updated [Narrative]

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