Stichting Berging Halifax 1944

Ooggetuige P/O Lee Caunt vertelt


Lee Caunt

P/O C. Lee Caunt (174007 RAF VR) was de Navigator van de Halifax LW 137, 429 Sqdn. Hij verteld over zijn ervaringen in de nacht van 24 op 25 mei 1944. We pakken het verhaal als ze boven Brabant getroffen worden door vijandelijk vuur:


"Our aircraft was... hit by flak. There were three explosions close by and three more as we climbed away. No one mentioned fighters. I couldn't see anything of course, but the sound was one I'd heard on a previous occasion when it definitely was flak. 1 don't know what was said on the intercom after the Skipper said, 'You'd better get out then', as I disconnected and went to the escape hatch.' I was the first to leave the front hatch. My parachute, thankfully, opened properly. During my descent a four-engine aircraft, on fire, passed above me, in a shallow dive. It seemed to roll and finally crashed burning some way away. I don't think there was an explosion".

De "four-engine aircraft, on fire" waarover Lee Caunt spreekt was waarschijnlijk de Halifax LV905 van P/O E. Wilson. Omdat er die nacht slecht n ander toestel, dat zich binnen het gezichtveld van Lee Caunt bevond, was neergestort is aan te nemen dat het hier inderdaad ging om de Halifax LV905.