LW172 Halifax III HD-F
8th April 1945
Pilot Bomb Aimer Navigator Wireless Operator Flight Engineer Mid Upper Gunner Rear Gunner  
  F/O D J Watson P/O G A Halliday F/L W A C Patterson DFC F/O R M Gale P/O R S King P/O A J Damm F/O W G Flynn DFM  
  RAAF RAAF       RAAF    
  Take Off :- 19:46   Base :- RAF Driffield   Mission :- Hamburg  
  Details :- On returning to base they encountered fog and whilst trying to locate the airfield flew into trees and crashed at 01:15 at Kirkburn Grange Farm, 2 miles West of the airfield.  
  F/O Watson is buried in Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery.  
  P/O Halliday is also buried in Harrogate Stonefall Cemetery.  
  F/L Patterson is buried in Hexham Cemetery.  
  F/O Gale is buried in Roundhay St John Churchyard.  
  P/O King is buried in Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-On-Sea.  
  P/O Damm is buried in Dalnottar Cemetery.  
  F/O Flynn is buried in Manchester Southern Cemetery.  

Picture of F/O D J Watson courtesy of Australian War Memorial.

Pictures of F/L Patterson, F/O Gale and P/O King courtesy of Terry Vossen

 Picture of P/O A J Damm kindly donated by Graeme Phanco.


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