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Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

October 20 2011 at 3:42 PM
Eric  (no login)
from IP address 90.58.35.231

 
Hello
My name is Eric and I live in a small village in Sacy le Grand in France.
I look for information on the crash of Handley Page Halifax at night from 28 till 29 June 1944.
The plane exploded above my village and two airmen died during the explosion.
These two airmen are buried in the cemetery of Creil.
Halifax:
Sérial . MZ736
Code Squadron. MP-B (Squadron 76)
Crew:
P/O I.R Mc WEIR (N.Z)
Sgt G.T HOWIE (Brit)
F/S R.L LIDBURY (Brit)
W/O O.S WILSON (Brit)
Sgt A.W OFFER (Brit)
F/O Kenneth J.BUNN (Brit)
Sgt Jack Ph. GREGORY (Brit)
In advance thank you for your information.
Best Regards . Eric

 
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Anonymous
(Login starman1957)
88.109.51.103

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

October 21 2011, 5:41 PM 

Hi Eric,
I can not add much to the information you already have but I have included this aircraft on a German site that is recording aircraft from all nations that crashed during WW2.

http://www.lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=en&mode=quickresults

The only other info is from Lost Bombers that lists this information.


Halifax MZ736 Information
Type Halifax
Serial Number MZ736
Squadron 76
X1D MP-B
Operation Blainville
Date 1 28th June 1944
Date 2 29th June 1944


Further Information
"Serial Range MZ730 - MZ775. 46 Halifax Mk.111. Part of a batch of 360 HP61 Halifax Mk.B.111. MZ500-MZ544; MZ556- MZ604; MZ617-MZ660; MZ672-MZ717; MZ730-MZ775; MZ787-MZ831; MZ844- MZ883; MZ895-MZ939. Delivered by English Electric Co. (Salmesbury & Preston) between 4Jun44 and 22Jun44. MZ736 was one of three No.76 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation. See: MZ539; MZ679. MZ736 was initially issued to No.78 Sqdn. Airborne 2226 28Jun44 from Holme-on-Spalding Moor to attack rail facilities. Broke up in the air, crashing at Sacy-le-grand (Oise), 12 km NNE of Nogent-sur-Oise. The two airmen killed are buried in Creil Communal Cemetery. The mid-upper gunner, Sgt Gregory, had completed 47 operations, while the rest had flown between 39 and 31 operations. P/O I.R.McK Weir RNZAF PoW Sgt G.T.Howie PoW F/O K.J.Bunn KIA F/S R.L.Lidbury PoW Sgt A.W.Offer Evd Sgt J.P.Gregory KIA W/O S.Wilson PoW. Sgt G.T.Howie was interned in Camp 4B, PoW No.86499. F/S R.L.Lidbury in Camp L7, PoW No.86387 with W/O S.Wilson, PoW No.647. P/O I.R.McK Weir in Camp L1, PoW No.4802. "

 
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Lesley Staines
(Login Ozkee)
58.6.209.31

Halifax

February 9 2017, 11:09 PM 

Hi there
My Dad is George Howie and is still alive at 92
Not sure if you will see this as it is so long ago that this was posted

Kind regards

Lesley

 
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Mike Harrison
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86.17.109.56

Halifax MZ736

October 22 2011, 9:42 AM 

Hi Eric,

according to the Nachtjagdg War Diaries Vol 2, there are three possible claims for Halifax MZ736 made by the same pilot:-

Uffz.Gottfried Schneider: 7 3./NJG3 Beaumont area,N Paris (UE) 00.40 4.000m

Uffz.Gottfried Schneider: 8 3./NJG3 Beaumont area,N Paris (UE) 00.55 4.000m

Uffz.Gottfried Schneider: 9 3./NJG3 Beaumont/N to N.W Paris(UE) 00.57 4.000m


Regards,
Mike.







 
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Anonymous
(Login starman1957)
88.104.40.202

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

October 22 2011, 11:50 AM 

Hi Eric,
Sorry But the link I posted did not work this is the correct one.
Regards,
Gary

http://www.lostaircraft.com/database.php?lang=en&mode=viewentry&e=596

 
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Anonymous
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92.142.65.93

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

October 25 2011, 11:31 AM 

Hi Gary and Mike
Thank you for your answers and your information.
I passes on to you 2 links concerning my researches on this Halifax and 1 Typhoon.

http://oise-1939-1945.jed.st/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=142

http://oise-1939-1945.jed.st/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=781&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15
http://oise-1939-1945.jed.st/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=1452&start=0

It is in French ...... Sorry
Best regards. Eric

 
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Anonymous
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92.23.118.157

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

November 20 2011, 5:24 PM 

ERic - would you mind emailing on this aircraft - neil-sue'at'o2.co.uk - replace 'at' with @

Thanks

Neil

 
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Anonymous
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92.142.66.145

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

December 9 2011, 12:39 PM 

Hello Neil
I sent you an e-mail
Best regards. Eric

 
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Neilw
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92.30.143.142

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

December 10 2011, 10:12 AM 

Eric - have responded via email.

Best Wishes

neil

 
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Lesley
(Login Ozkee)
58.7.227.113

Re: Halifax MZ736 Squadron 76

January 3 2017, 9:52 PM 

Hi Eric
Have just found this site so hope you see this
My Dad is George Howie ( he was also known as Jock as he is Scottish )
He is still alive at 92 happy.gif

Must have been very scary for you gat day
Kind regards

Lesley

 
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