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Crash site of Halifax LW415-AL-K

crest raf squadron
Unit: 429 Squadron
Aircraft: Halifax
Code: LW415-AL-K
Base: Leeming
Mission: Saint-Ghislain
Incident: Shot down by German fighter

Location: (Prov. Oost Vlanderen)



Halifax took off from Leeming at 10:12 p.m. BST. A failed compass causes a delay of the device, which comes on top of the goal almost a quarter hours after the 13 other aircraft of the squadron. Isolated on the flight home, he is attacked by Oblt Georg Hermann Greiner of 11./NJG1 whose shots caused the burning of two engines. The apparatus being in distress, Leslie gives the order to evacuate while over Edelare. As he prepares to jump itself, the device explodes and Stuart Leslie is thrown from the machine under the force of the explosion. He landed about 200m from the crashed aircraft and his parachute drops, stuck in a fence, then buries his Mae West. Stuart Leslie is the only survivor. The other crew members are buried at the old Municipal Cemetery of Oudenaarde the Dijkstraat Sgt George Algernon Elliott, mechanic; F / Off Robert James Webster browser; F / Off Elie John Frederick Hawke RCAF bomber; WO2 Garnet Edward McCann RCAF, radio / gunner; P / Off George Graham Vipond RCAF, gunner; Sgt Earl Baldry Freiman RCAF rear gunner.


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