Tempsford Halifax DG409

Royal Air Force Badge

Location: Tempsford 13th April 1943.

F/O O.A. Cussen - Pilot
Sgt E. Jenner - Flight Engineer
P/O Richards - Navigator
Sgt George - Air Bomber
F/O Cocker - Wireless Operator
Sgt Whyte - Gunner
Sgt Betts - Gunner

Handley Page Halifax.

This aircraft, Halifax Mk V, DG409, MA-W, crashed on take off from Tempsford. The port inner engine failed on take off whilst air testing the aircraft. Then the propellor came off, and the aircraft veered off the runway and hit an anti-aircraft emplacement which resulted in the collapse of the undercarriage, and the aircraft was written off.

The crew do not seem to have been injured.

Details obtained from Aircraft lost on Allied Force’s Special Duty Operations & Associated Roll of Honour page 82.

The pilot's name is incorrectly spelled in the link above, his son has very kindly confirmed it to be Olaf Antony Cussen, of 161 Squadron, see this page.