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    Identification of parts belonging to a crashed Handley Page Halifax WW2 bomber

    Dear aviation enthusiasts is there any Halifax bomber connoisseurs out there to help us with identifying parts of a crashed Halifax a/c please?

    We want to honour the crew's sacrifice.

    We have almost all of the specifics, squadron, crew names, date of crash, operation involved, initial burying ground and relocation of crew's remains in 1945 etc.

    We now need to identify certain parts of the a/c such as the one attached.

    Please email me at ww2wrecks at gmail dot com

    Thank you!
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    Why do it off forum, this forum is a very useful tool for identification of items.

    Could you give more information about your organisation, general area of activity, past experiences etc?
    Also more pics of parts you have found?

    I am interested having been active in this field for many years.
    Cheers
    Cees

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    Hi Cees,

    these parts of a crashed Halifax were collected by aviation enthusiasts not too long ago in Greece.

    Looking into the details and from oral testimonies, it appears this a/c crashed in the winter of 1943 most probably due to a navigational error and poor weather conditions, killing all crew.

    Unfortunately, these small parts are all that remain from the crashed Halifax, as most of the aircraft wreck was collected by locals during that period.

    The crew members were subsequently interred at the Allied Cemetery in Phaleron, Athens, Greece.

    We are in the process of gathering as much info as possible, regarding the parts and possibly any other information available.

    We are expecting some friends to come back to us with more photos and details on the specifics of the area, as the research for anything related to the circumstances of the crash is ongoing.

    Please see attached photographs, "57" is connected to HP Halifax bombers, looking forward to your feedback.

    Thank you!

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    The 'C' identifies it as part of the fuselage structure, but that's not much help!

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    We got some additional info pouring in from Karl Kjarsgaard - Director - Bomber Command Museum of Canada, who is an expert on Halifax bombers and some other persons are willing to help too. It appears that collective efforts will result in a full profile of the said aircraft crash, which will of course be shared publicly, as a tribute to the lost airmen.
    We have also received info that apart from the crew, there were 5 army personnel on that aircraft and the total number of persons killed was 13. This adds to the mystery on the exact specifics of the operation, as RAF 624 sq. was involved in many behind enemy lines special ops in occupied Europe.
    The search continues and thank you all for your feedback so far!
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