HX337 Halifax III HD-W
22nd April 1944
Pilot Bomb Aimer Navigator Wireless Operator Flight Engineer Mid Upper Gunner Rear Gunner  
  F/O W N T Russell DFC F/S G B Hall W/O D Purcell F/O R Sigmont Sgt G P Holder F/S C R Draper F/S W M Cashman DFM  
  RAAF RAAF - evaded RAAF - P.o.W. RAAF - evaded P.o.W. RCAF - P.o.W. RAAF  
  Take Off :- 22:16   Base :- RAF Leconfield   Mission :- Dusseldorf  
  Details :- HX337 crashed in the vicinity of Basses-Arches (Namur), 16km East South East of Namur, Belgium after being shot down by a night-fighter, however, other reports say that HX337 collided with another aircraft and lost its tail-section.  
  596 aircraft detailed for the mission with the loss of 16 Halifax and 13 Lancaster aircraft.  
  Those who died were buried in Le Culot Cemetery before being re-buried in Heverlee War Cemetery after the war, their citation for their awards praises their determination and courage during recent operations to Stuttgart.  
  Sgt Holder - PoW number is 3586 in camps L6/357.  
  W/O Purcell - PoW number is 3676 in camps L6/357.  
  F/S Draper - PoW number is 3571 in camps L6/357.  
  Both evaders reached home in the September.  
Pictures courtesy of National Archives Australia.

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