H.P. Halifax DT736

Buntonhill Farm, Kilmaurs, E. Ayrshire













Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax B.V Series 1 (Special) (s/n EB151, "OO-R") of No. 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit based at Rufforth, Yorkshire (UK), getting airborne from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, during a training flight. [Wikipedia]


This is a similar variant to the type featured on this page.


a B.V Halifax bomber of 1663 HCU


Photo: c.1943 Flying Officer W. Bellamy, Royal Air Force official photographer.


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BELOW: An RCAF Handley Page Halifax bomber in flight.


an RCAF Halifax bomber in flight


Photo: Pre 1949. Public domain.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF Handley Page H.P.57 Halifax Mk.II / DT736



(Click here for RAF history of this type)


The original design of this aircraft was for a twin-engine bomber using Rolls-Royce Vulture engines. However, during development, the plans were altered to produce a four-engine aircraft using the more powerful Merlin X engines.


The Mk I version of the Halifax was equipped with two .303 Browning machine guns in the nose turret, with another two in the centre of the fuselage and four in the rear turret. In the Mk II series featured here, the nose turret guns and the guns in the fuselage waist area were deleted. A Boulton Paul twin-gun turret gun was installed in the dorsal position to replace the waist guns.


In time, other versions and variants followed with greater improvements.


Equipped to carry a crew of seven, the Halifax entered service with RAF Bomber Command in 1940.






Aircraft Accident Details


Halifax II DT736 of 1652 CU took off from Marston Moor at 1958 hrs on a Bullseye1 sortie.

The starboard outer prop blade broke away and the pilot lost control. The aircraft broke up and crashed at 22.18hrs.

[This information, and the names of the crew, was kindly provided by Alan Leishman]



Footnote 1


Bullseye sortie: A night-flying navigation exercise practised by bomber training crews over UK territory. This simulated exercise was designed to resemble as closely as possible an operational night flight to a specific target on the ground (such as a large town or city).






Aircraft Crew Casualties


The seven crew members who died in this tragic accident were:

(See Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour. For photo of burial location in England, see The War Graves Photographic Project.)



(Please click on the hyperlinked names above for further details at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's website.)



Except for Sgt W. H. Hickson, all members of the crew were buried at Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire.


Sgt Hickson was buried at Southend-on-Sea (Sutton Road) Cemetery.






Crash Site Photos


At present, there are no photos of this crash site.
























Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 29 Mar 1944


Accident Site:

Buntonhill Farm (2 fields)


Region: East Ayrshire

Nearest town or village: Kilmaurs.


Nearest large town: Kilmarnock (S)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: On crashing,

wreckage was scattered over two fields at Buntonhill Farm. However, no surface wreckage now remains at the crash site.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: DT736


Operator: RAF (1652 Heavy Conversion Unit / 41 Base)


Operating Station: RAF Marston Moor.*


Station Location: Tockwith, North Yorkshire, England.


Current Station Status: Closed for RAF operations.

Runway sections now used for driving tuition. Other runway sections overbuilt by housing. Former airfield buildings now form part of business park.


Current Airport Name: Tockwith Airfield.



RAF Marston Moor: Known originally as RAF Tockwith; but was renamed RAF Marston Moor to avoid confusion with RAF Topcliffe.





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