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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Handley Page Halifax W7768

REF NR: 1939

Taking off from 405 Squadron Beaulieu airfield at 06:30hrs on 20th December 1942, the aircraft was setting out on a anti-shipping mission in the Channel. After passing over the west coast of the island and still climbing, the aircraft being flown by Flt Sgt. L. Snarr developed catastrophic engine failure. Within a matter of a few seconds the craft was out of control and plunged headlong into ground at Eades Farm Newbridge.


It immediately burst into a ball of flame killing all the Canadian crew made up of Flt Off. F Stolley , H Crioft , N Van Brunt, N. Fugere,  G. Wagner and the pilot  Flt Sgt. L. Snarr. Rescuers were on scene within minutes but nothing could be done as the heat and damage was intense. This coupled with the danger of the many unexploded bombs that had been thrown clear of the aircraft made the risk too great to interfere.

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