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R.A.F. 158 Sqdn Memorial

Here is the story of Halifax JD259 ... It is Tuesday, June 22, 1943 about nine past eleven at night. Halifax JD259 of the Royal Air Force 158 Squadron departs from his home base Lissett, Yorkshire in England. His goal is to bomb the city Mulheim in Germany, along with 556 other allied aircraft. The full center of Mulheim is in flames, the fire department will have to extinguishing for days. The Bomber Command mentions that the Squadron’s mission came to a successful conclusion and two and returned home at 01:30 About three o'clock in the night, so we are already Wednesday, June 23, local residents heard unusual noises from a plane above their fields. Halifax JD259 is in big trouble. A few moments earlier this bomber was driven off course and hit by a German night fighter. The plane is on about to crash. The inevitable happens: the Halifax explodes in the air, the debris falling across the different fields and even fall down on the surrounding farms and houses. The crew, 7 young airmen, perish ...
Memorial founded in 2013 by Operation Neptune vzw – WWII Living History & Remembrance Group

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