Halifax Bomber Memorial, Balkholme, Yorkshire, England

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Halifax Bomber Memorial
Yorkshire, England

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Halifax Bomber Memorial, Balkholme

Notes about the war memorial

Inscription -

578 Squadron Royal Air Force

On the night of 20/21 July 1944
twenty-six Halifax bombers of No 578 Squadron Royal Air Force
took off from Burn to attack the German synthetic oil refinery
at Bottrop in the Rhine valley of Germany.
Six aircraft were lost during the raid
two of which, on their return, collided in mid air
and fell to earth near this place. These were no survivors.
The crew members were:

Pilot Officer William Davidson Pilot : age 20
Sergeant Eric Stanley Clark Navigator : age 21
Sergeant Leslie Matthewman Bomb Aimer : age 21
Sergeant Harold James Watkins Wireless Operator : age 23
Sergeant Edward Roxby Flight Engineer : age 22
Sergeant Thomas Scott Barnett Mid-Upper Gunner
Warrant Officer Albert Leonard Page Rear Gunner : age 23

Flight Lieutenant Maurice Charles Day Pilot : age 20
Flight Sergeant Ambrose Christopher Pugh Navigator : age 33
Sergeant Lewis Randall Barber Bomb Aimer : age 21
Sergeant Jack Stanley Francis Morrish Wireless Operator : age 21
Sergeant John Smith Flight Engineer : age 30
Sergeant Kenneth Nicholson Mid-Upper Gunner : age 32
Sergeant Derrick Arthur Roland Parham Rear Gunner : age 19


This was the most disastrous single operation mounted by the Squadron
resulting in the loss of six aircraft, the death of thirty six precious airmen
with four others being taken as prisoners of war.
A further two airmen managed to evade capture by the enemy.

On seperate plaque -

578 Squadron Royal Air Force
January 1944 - Burn - March 1945

The 578 Squadron Burn Association
Wishes to place on record, appreciation, respect and thanks
to the people of this area of Yorkshire
for their splendid cooperation in providing this site
and contributing the practical and financial assistance
to enable this memorial to be completed in so short a time
6 May 2006.

The GPR holds 14 person records for the war memorial.

Photographed and indexed by Keith Dorey

The status of the photographing of the war memorial is believed to be complete.

The latest details for the war memorial were added on 28 April 2017

For information about this locality within Yorkshire,
have a look at the Oultwood directory for Yorkshire

For information about education in this locality within Yorkshire,
have a look at the Schools Web Index for Yorkshire

Halifax Bomber Memorial Photographs

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1BarberLewis Randall Barbername on the war memorial1923194421381963491427

2BarnettThomas Scott Barnettname on the war memorial1944381963491027

3ClarkEric Stanley Clarkname on the war memorial1923194421381963490624

4DavidsonWilliam Davidsonname on the war memorial1924194420381963490530

5DayMaurice Charles Dayname on the war memorial1924194420381963491233

6MatthewmanLeslie Matthewmanname on the war memorial1923194421381963490727

7MorrishJack Stanley Francis Morrishname on the war memorial1923194421381963491533

8NicholsonKenneth Nicholsonname on the war memorial1912194432381963491726

9PageAlbert Leonard Pagename on the war memorial1921194423381963491137

10ParhamDerrick Arthur Roland Parhamname on the war memorial1925194419381963491835

11PughAmbrose Christopher Pughname on the war memorial1911194433381963491333

12RoxbyEdward Roxbyname on the war memorial1922194422381963490924

13SmithJohn Smithname on the war memorial1914194430381963491632

14WatkinsHarold James Watkinsname on the war memorial1921194423381963490830

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