Date: 30th July 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: 1656 Heavy Conversion Unit (HCU)
Type: Halifax II
Code: Not known
Base: RAF Lindholme
Location: Hatfield Woodhouse
Pilot: Plt Off. Gilson Edmund Collins 177516 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Flt Eng: Sgt. Robert John Neeson 1325312 RAFVR Age 27. Killed
Nav: Sgt. Harold Jones 1397694 RAFVR Age 28 Killed
Bom Aimer: Sgt. Norman Leslie Skidmore 1684303 RAFVR Age 29. Killed
WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. T.W. Jones RAFVR Survived - injured
Air Gnr: Sgt. George Francis Peter McCarthy 1893589 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
Air Gnr: Sgt. L. Marshall RAFVR Survived - injured
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 02:24 hrs on a night circuit training exercise. During take off for the second time the Halifax flew into adverse weather conditions described as “a swirl of mist” Shortly afterwards the aircraft crashed at 02:28 hrs at Hatfield Woodhouse - as shown on the map. Two gunners survived the crash injured.
Plt Off. Gilson Edmund Collins. Redhill Cemetery (Redstone) Plot E. Grave 3538. Son of Joseph and Gladys Emily Collins, husband of Hannah Collins, of Canton, Cardiff, Wales.
Sgt. Robert John Neeson. Glasgow Cemetery (Lambhill) Sec. R. Grave 608. Son of Robert and Jean Neeson, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Sgt. Harold Jones. Holyhead Burial Board Cemetery (Maeshyfryd) Sec. 2. Grave 768. Born in 1916. Husband of S. Jones, of Clapham, London, England.
Sgt. Norman Leslie Skidmore. Carnoustie Cemetery (Shanwell) Sec A. Grave 85. Son of Harry and Hannah Skidmore, husband of Constance Douglas Skidmore, of Carnoustie, Scotland.
Sgt. George Francis Peter McCarthy. Hatfield Cemetery (Woodhouse) Row EE. Grave 22. Born in 1925. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Barry Jameson for bringing this loss to our attention. Thanks to Gerry Jones, the son of Sgt. Harold Jones, for his age. (Apr 2021).