17.09.1944 No. 51 Squadron Halifax III LV865 MH-Y F/O. B.M. Twilley
Date: 17th September 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: 51 Squadron
Type: Halifax III
Location: RAF Snaith Yorkshire. .
Pilot: F/O. Bernard Mark Twilley 151202 RAFVR Survived - Injured
Fl/Eng: Sgt. Roy Challinor Hitchen 2203456 RAFVR Age 20. Survived
Nav: Sgt. Richard Holden 1671139 RAFVR Age 27. Survived - Injured
Air/Bmr: F/O. Carl Winston Cassini 154240 RAFVR Age 22. Survived
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Roberts Hall 1457899 RAFVR Age 23. Survived
Air/Gnr: Sgt. L.G. Morris RAFVR Survived
Air/Gnr: Sgt. Robert Henry Dunkley 1608128 RAFVR Age 20. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS
Taking off at 07:27hrs from RAF Snaith to attack enemy strong points, however during take off the aircraft swung out of control and collided with a hut used to store bomb fuzes.
The impact was severe, the Halifax was damaged beyond any reasonable repair, sadly the rear gunner Sgt. Dunkley lost his life in the collision.
Note: Some of this crew were sadly lost on the 18th December 1944 - The start of Operation ‘Market Garden’, the allied invasion of Holland. Halifax NP934 MH-V.
Sgt. Robert Henry Dunkley. Mixbury Churchyard (All Saints). Son of John Geoffrey and Alice Mary Dunkley, of Northampton, England.