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Jonathan Clay

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I have been commissioned to paint a picture of the above aircraft, which was shot down over Germany on 4th May 1943. All crew (except the pilot, whi dies) became POWs.

The picture is for the daughter of one of the crew- F/O J B Thompson.

Has anyone got a 'photo of the plane, or know what the fuselage codes were. I know it was EY - something.

I look forward to hearing from someone.

 



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4th / 5th March 1943: Halifax Mk II - JB973 EY-?

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Built by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) this particular aircraft was delivered to 78 Sqn between 13th and 22nd April 1943

The crew were briefed to attack Dortmund. The ATD of the aircraft from RAF Linton On Ouse, Yorkshire was 2230

JB973/EY-? was one of three No.78 Sqn aircraft lost on this operation. See also; JB903EY-? and JB915/EY-?

 

JB973/EY-? was shot down by a night-fighter captained by Hptm Wolfgang Thimmig (III/NJG1) The aircraft crashed near Epe, 3KM south of Gronau, Germany at 0034

 

Pilot                                       F/Sgt A. Burns + NKG

Flight Engineer                     Sgt F.G. Hockin POW

Navigator                             Sgt H. Gamble POW

Bomb Aimer                         F/O J.B. Thompson POW

Wireless Operator              Sgt J.R. Heslop Inj

Mid Upper Gunner             Sgt W. Ashley POW

Rear Gunner                        Sgt H. Tyler POW

 

F/Sgt Burns has no known grave, and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Sgt Heslop was repatriated in May 1944

 

Sgt Ashley was interned in Camps L1/L6/L4 with Sgt Gamble, Sgt.Tyler and Sgt Hockin - who had evaded for four days before capture. Sgt Heslop was confined in Hospital due injuries until his repatriation. F/O Thompson was held in Camp L3.



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Further message

Whilst I do not know the individual code letter from this Halibag, I have a photo of the pilot (FS Burns) and contact details for relatives who attended a memorial w/e back in 2010

 

 



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My  uncle went missing on the same raid 78 Squadron Halifax JB903 - one of three that night that did not return.  Do you have a photo of the picture you painted as I would like to see it?



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Anonymous

 

When convenient please advise the name of your relative on JB903

 

Kind Rgds

 

Tony H 



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Andrew Burns

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My uncle was pilot f/sgt Burns. You said you had photograph of him? Is it possible  for me to have a copy of it?

Hve one already but wondering if you have different one?

thankyou

A Burns



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Andrew

 

It was one you sent me a couple of years ago - around the time of the reunion in 2010

 

Tony

 

I will find the image ASAP in case you've mislaid it



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Hi Tony
Cant remember sending you a photo. Though my memory isnt that good now a days.
If you have any info on rest of the crew id be obllged if you could forward it to me
Thanks again
AB

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My father was the flight engineer on this plane 

r.hockin@btinternet.com 

regards paul hockin



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