Tempsford Halifax LL284

Royal Air Force Badge

2nd June 1944 Sandy Hill, Bedfordshire.

F/Lt H. Stiles DFC - Pilot
F/O L. Ashton - Wireless Op
P/O Bryant - Flight Engineer
P/O W.P. Casey - Navigator
P/O W.H. Marshall - Air Bomber
P/O G. Sutherland - Gunner
Sgt C.E.Terrell - Gunner Handley Page Halifax.

Halifax Mk V, LL284, NF-E. The aircraft was airborne from Tempsford on OPERATION TYBALT 29. Taking-off in the half light of dusk, the pilot F/Lt Stiles, lost his port inner engine at 100 feet altitude. Unable to continue the climb he made a skilful crash landing into woods close to the airfield at Sandy. (There is mention in the Accident report that the port outer may also have lost power). The Halifax caught fire after impact. Although the crew survived, four were seriously injured.

Details obtained from Aircraft lost on Allied Force’s Special Duty Operations & Associated Roll of Honour page 240.