Halifax GR. III  PN402 (V9-X) - The Kattegat                                       Updated:  10 JAN 2012

Airman Surname Init Rank Service Sqdn P_link Plane Operation Crash_site Crash_d Buried_d C_link At_Next
e777895.htm Dustin I H P/O RNZAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777896.htm Featherstone J F/Lt RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777897.htm Leigh F F/Lt RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777898.htm Platt E P/O RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777871.htm Pruden D H S/Ldr RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777899.htm Sharkie DWS P/O RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777900.htm Squire R C F/O RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN
e777901.htm Symes V B F/O RAF 502 p472.htm HAL PN402 Anti ship The Kattegat d100445 e777 e777.htm NO KNOWN


Den 10. april 1945 blev
HAL PN402 skudt ned over Kattegat, måske omkring her. (CWGC siger 11. april) Flyvehistorisk Tidsskrift skriver:

"9/10 april 1945, Kattegat. Halifax GR III, PN402 (V9-X).
502 Squadron, 18 Group, Coastal Command, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. (Anti shipping patrol i Kattegat). 8 MIA. 

Mellem kl. 01.40 og kl. 02.45 angreb to Halifaxes fra 502 Squadron og tre Halifaxes fra 58 Squadron en mindre konvoj SØ for Læsø (her). Konvojen bestod af »Hansa 1« på 1923 BRT med »T13« og »F7« som eskorte, og den havde forladt Århus Havn (her) den 9. april kl. 18.00. Alle tre skibe blev ramt, men »T13« og »Hansa 1« blev beskadigede, at de sank kort efter. PN402 med piloten, S/L Dennis Hewitt Pruden (DFC), har muligvis forsøgt angreb på den samme konvoj og er blevet skudt ned.
Der
er aldrig fundet spor efter flyet og de otte besætningsmedlemmer." (FT 89-73-45)

On 10 April 1945 HAL PN402 was shot down over the Kattegat, maybe about here. (CWGC says 11 April) (Danish) Aviation Historical Review writes:

"9/10 April 1945, the Kattegat. Halifax GR III, PN402 (V9-X).
502 Squadron, 18 Group, Coastal Command, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. (Anti shipping patrol in the Kattegat). 8 MIA. 

Between 01.40 and 02.45 hours two Halifaxes from 502 Squadron and three Halifaxes from 58 Squadron attacked a small convoy SE of Læsø (here). The convoy consisted of the "Hansa 1" of 1,923 BRT escorted by the "T13" and the "F7". It had left the harbour of Aarhus (here) on 9 April at 18.00 hours. All of the three ships were hit, but the "T13" and the "Hansa 1" were so damaged that they sank shortly after. Pilot, S/Ldr Dennis Hewitt Pruden DFC in PN402 may have attacked the same convoy, and PN402 might have been shot down. No trace of the plane and its crew of 8 airmen has ever been found." (FT 89-73-45)

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.