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Wreck of Halifax bomber W1048 on display at the RAF Museum in London. It is displayed as recovered. W1048 crashed in Norway 27th April 1942. All crew members survived, and all but one managed to escape to neutral Sweden with the help of the Norwegian Resistance.
The bomber had been on a raid on the German battleship Tirpitz which lay at anchor in FÃ¦ttenfjord in Norway. During the bombing run, flak hit the aircraft and Canadian Pilot Officer Don MacIntyre had to crash land the plane on a frozen lake. No mean feat; still on fire, it careered across the ice (with landing gear up) before coming to a halt in the middle of Lake Hoklingen at about one o’clock in the morning. It sank shortly after.
The crew all got out, but Sgt Vic Stevens had broken an ankle during the crash landing, and later gave himself up to the Police. The Norwegian Policeman allowed his mates time to get away before alerting the Germans. The rest all made it to Sweden and were repatriated back to Britain soon after.
Halifax W1048 wasn’t recovered from the bottom of the lake and repatriated back to Britain till 1973.
P/O D MacIntyre, RCAF Pilot
P/O I Hewitt RAFVR Navigator
Sgt D Perry RAFVR WirelessOp/ Air Gunner
Sgt P Blanchett RCAF Wireless Op/ Air Gunner
Sgt R Wilson RAFVR Tail Gunner
Sgt V Stevens RAFVR Flight Engineer (injured)
For info on the recovery, see