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Halifax DK185 on Ilkley Moor
66 years ago today (January 31st 1944) Halifax Bomber DK185 crashed on Ilkley Moor in Yorkshire while on a training exercise. The Halifax was crewed mostly by Canadians. It is understood one crew member briefly survived the crash and was able to tell the rescue party that they had become lost and were trying to find their way home, when the Halifax struck the moor and burst into flames.
The memorial plaque nearby includes the request;
“When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow we gave life today”
There are 2 wreckage pools at this site, and a recently added memorial.
Pilot Officer Donald G McLeod RCAF, Pilot, aged 21, of Waterford, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt Felix Byrne RAFVR, Flight Engineer, aged 20, of Plains, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Warrant Officer Lewis Riggs RCAF, Navigator, aged 20, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt Robert H Rahn RCAF, Bomb Aimer, aged 22, of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Warrant Officer William G King RCAF, Wireless Op / Air Gunner, aged 27, of Teepers Creek, Alberta, Canada.
Sgt George Martin RCAF, Air Gunner, aged 20, of Spanish, Ontario, Canada.
Sgt Albert Lorne Mullen RCAF, Air Gunner, aged 19, of Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.
Photo of the Canadian crew members, taken from Richard Allenby’s site;
Below; A Handley Page Halifax bomber