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Crash site of Halifax HZ478-AO

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

Location: (Prov. Hainaut)



Cologne- region on the east bank of the Rhine where most of the industry was located. 653 aircraft, 30 losses (4.6%). Accurate ground marking by Oboe equipped Mosquitoes leading to another very significant blow to this Ruhr city. 20 industrial and 2200 homes completely destroyed and 588 people killed. A further 72000 people were bombed out. This was the first time the 'Wild Boar' technique had been used, in which the flak height was limited to allow night-fighters to fly over the main force and pick out aircraft in silhouette against the fires below.
Reason for Loss: Shot down by a night-fighter and crashed south of Binche, Belgium.

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