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Crash site of Halifax HZ478-AO

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Unit: 196 Squadron
Aircraft: Halifax
Code: HZ478-AO
Base: Leconfield
Mission: Koln
Crew officer:
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)



At 2.23am on the morning of the 4th of July 1943, when most people were tucked up in bed, a British Wellington Bomber, belonging to 196 Squadron & returning from a bombing mission over Cologne, Germany, was shot down by a German Night-fighter over the village of Solre-sur-Sambre in Belgium by a German nightfighter I/NJG4 piloted by Major W Herget based at Florennes Airbase south of Charleroi.
The Wellington's Flight Sergeant, 'Bomb Aimer' was Hebburn man Howard Langlands, only 24yrs of age. He along with five colleagues & one of the occupants of the house they hit were killed when the plane crashed. The Wellington had taken off for this final mission from RAF Leconfield in Yorkshire, less than 4 hours earlier, with its 4000lb bomb load. The mission had involved a total of 683 aircraft including Lancaster's, Stirling's, Halifax's, Wellington's & Mosquito's.
Source: crash


The International Bomber Command Centre (IBCC)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)
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