Salvage Halifax 1944 Foundation

The Halifax LW137


In the same night the Halifax LV905 crashed an other bomber  crashed as well in the same area. It was the Halifax LW137 of Pilot Officer R. T. Rawlinson DFC.
 

De facts

In the night of 24 /25 May 1944, the R.A.F Bomber Command despatched 432 planes to attack the railway yards at Aachen. At 22.53 hours that night the Handley Page Halifax Mk. III bomber (series nr. LW137) lifted off from its basis in Leeming Yorkhire England to participate in the attack on Aachen. They belong to Bomber-Command, No 6 Group, 429 Squadron429 Squadron.

Left base without incident, intercepted by enemy night fighter which opened fire and caused a massive blaze in the bombers fuel tanks.  a/c abandoned at 8,000ft and crashed into the Emilia Polder, 2km NW of Oosterhout.  Those who were killed are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, being brought there from the Roman Catholic Cemetery at Oosterhout.

SERIAL No: LW137
MANUFACTURER: Handley Page Ltd, Radlett
CONTRACT No: ACFT/1688/C4/C
REQUISITION No: HA4/E11/41
ORDER QTY & TYPE: 225 B Mk III's
DELIVERY DETAILS: Batch LW113 to LW143 delivered between 20/04/44 & 08/05/44

1st UNIT:
SQUADRON: 429sqn
UNIT CODES: AL-K
BASE: Leeming
DATE: 24/5/44
TARGET: Aachen
TIME UP: 22:53hrs