Halifax GR. II  JP302 (V9-F) - The Skagerrak                                     Updated:  10 JAN 2012

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
e777880.htm Godfrey H C F/O RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777869.htm Haynes N V F/Lt RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777881.htm Medcalf M C Wt/O RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777882.htm Murray J M F/Sgt RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777883.htm Orman J F/Sgt RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777884.htm Rayner A R F/Sgt RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777885.htm Vidler R F F/O RAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777886.htm Zellman R R Wt/O RNZAF 502 p470.htm HAL JP302 Anti ship The Skagerrak d261244 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN


Den 26. december 1944 forsvandt HAL JP320 i Skagerrak, måske omkring her. Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:

"26/27 december 1944, Skagerrak.
Halifax GR.II, JP302 (V9-F). 502 Squadron, 18 Group, Coastal Command, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. (Anti shipping patrol i Skagerrak / Kattegat). 8 MIA.
Kl. 16.28 lettede flyet og først på natten meldte piloten, F/Lt Norman Victor Haynes, at han over Skagerrak blev angrebet af fire natjagere.
Der er ikke siden fundet spor af JP302 og de 8 besætningsmedlemmer." (FT 89-73-40)

"Flyet lettede 16.28 GMT fra Stornoway på anti-skibspatrulje i Skagerrak/Kattegat-området. Den første radiomeddelelse kom 16.47 GMT for at sige, at de var ved
at angribe handelsskibe. Der blev ikke hørt mere før 20.30, da et opkald sagde: "Vi bliver angrebet af en jager." Den tyske natjagerenhed i området på den tid var
Nachtjagdesschwader 3 fra basen Grove (her) i Danmark. Denne Halifax blev skudt ned af Leutnant Scheunpflug fra Stab 1 Gruppe/NJG 3, som fløj en Junkers Ju-88
kl. 20.47 om aftenen den 26. december 1944. Området hvor Halifax-flyet kom ned var ud for den nordlige kyst af Danmark."
(Oplysninger modtaget 29. januar 2010 fra Robin Hudson fra
RAFA Stornoway baseret på 502 Squadrons bog om operationer - ORB.)

On 26 December 1944 HAL JP302 disappeared in the Skagerrak, maybe about here. (Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:

"26/27 December 1944, the Skagerrak.
Halifax GR.II, JP302 (V9-F). 502 Squadron, 18 Group, Coastal Command, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. (Anti shipping patrol in the Skagerrak / the Kattegat). 8 MIA.
At 16.28 hours the plane took off, and in the early night Pilot, F/Lt Norman Victor Haynes reported that he was attacked by four night fighters over the Skagerrak.
No trace of JP302 and its crew of 8 has ever been found." (FT 89-73-40)

"The aircraft took-off Stornoway 16-28 GMT on anti-shipping patrol in the Skagerrak/Kattegat area. The first radio message came at 19-47 GMT to say they were
attacking merchant ships. Nothing else was heard until 20-30, when a call was heard saying, 'We are being attacked by an enemy fighter.' The German night fighter
unit in the area at that time was Nachtjagdesschwader 3, based at Grove (here), Denmark. The Halifax was shot-down by Leutnant Scheunpflug of Stab 1
Gruppe/NJG 3, flying a Junkers Ju-88 at 20-47 on the night of 26/12/1944. The area where the Halifax came down was off the northern coast of Denmark."
(Information received on 29 January 2010 from Robin Hudson of
RAFA Stornoway based on the 502 Squadron Operational Record Book - ORB.)

See RAF Coastal Command * RAF - Handley Page Halifax * No. 502 Squadron RAF * No 500 - 520 Squadron Histories. This Halifax from No. 18 Group RAF took
off from RAF Stornoway. Robin Hudson of RAFA Stornoway sent details of airmen from HAL JP333 *HAL JP302 *HAL JP173 *HAL PN402 *HAL JP299 *HAL JP330.
Also HAL HX224 * HAL HR686 * HAL JP336 took off from RAF Stornoway. See Lost Airmen from RAF Stornoway.