I am interested in the history of 78 Sqdn during WW2 as my great uncle served with them. He was killed on 12 June 1943 in Halifax JD145. I have been trying to research him, and had some luck so far.
I recently purchased a book from ebay from someone who served in 78 Sqdn, it's called Terror by Night and it's by Michael Renault DFC. They seem to come up on there every once in a while as this was the second one I bid on.
SERIAL No: JD145
MANUFACTURER: English Electric Co Ltd, Preston
CONTRACT No: ACFT/1808/C4
REQUISITION No: 116/E11/39
ORDER QTY & TYPE: 350 B/GR Mk II's
DELIVERY DETAILS: Batch JD143 to JD180 delivered between 07/05/43 & 28/05/43
.Left base without incident. Presumed lost over the sea, near to the Dutch coast. Five of the crew
(including Sgt Jordan, who came from the Bahamas) are commemorated on the Runnymede memorial,
while Sgt Payne rests on Schiermonnikoog in Vredenhof Cemetery, and Sgt Wright is buried on
Terschelling, in Westerschelling General Cemetery.
F/Sgt M. Baxter K
Sgt A. McD. Young K
Sgt W. H. Jordan K
Sgt J. N. Angus K
Sgt C. W. Payne K
Sgt E. Wright K
Sgt E. G. Westall K
PHOTOGRAPHS: Nearest comparison in database: JD146
My uncle flew with the following crew members on a strategic bombing mission to Dusseldorf/Bochum, leaving Linton on Ouse @ approx 22:23 on 11 June 1943. His Halifax Mk II, JD145, plane never returned. The body of my uncle, Sgt Eric Wright Air gunner, was washed up in the north side of the Island of Terschelling on the 02 July 1943. Only 1 other member of the crew was found, Sgt Cecil William Payne Wireless operator and Air gunner. His body was washed up on another island, Schiermonnikoog on the 01 July 1943.
The other 5 crew members were never found
F/Sgt Malcolm Baxter Pilot
Sgt Jack Norman Angus Ba
Sgt Wilbur Haldane Jordan Navigator
Sgt Edward George Westall Air Gunner
Sgt Alexander McDonald Young Fe
Just come back from finding my uncles grave
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just seen this message so probably a bit late now, but my uncle also flew in a Halifax from Linton On Ouse on the night of 11 June 1943. His plane (HR684) crashed at Vorde on the banks of the Rhine on the way back from Dusseldorf with the loss of the entire crew. My Dad has obtained a great deal of information on the crash and events leading up to it.
I recieved a letter from your father re this loss - shortly before my old laptop "blew up" I have not as yet been able to reply to him
For your info a file on this loss is held on permanant display within the roles of honour in our Sqn history room
Sgt Tony Hibberd
NB: For info the Standard of No 78(Bomber) Sqn along with the other 10 (or 12) still operational ex Bomber Command RAF Sqns will be on parade for the unveiling of the Bomber Command Memorial on 28 June
78 Sqn lost 979 KIA/MIA - a mere fraction of the 55,573
My name is René Bosma en i live in the Town of Bakkeveen, Holland.
For some several year i do some research about allied bombers who crashed during the sencd world ware into the North Sea. I also have search for information af the 78 Halifax JD145.
Now I read here that here are some ancestors of some of the JD145 crew.
I was hoping that your be so kind to contact me so we could exchange information about this 78 squadron Halifax en there crew.
I will thank you in advance en looking forward to your contact,