H.P. Halifax LL414

Glen Isla, Angus

 
     
 
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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 / LL414

 


 

(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 RR 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, the nose turret guns and the guns in the fuselage waist area were deleted. A Boulton Paul twin-gun turret was installed in the dorsal position to replace the waist guns.

 

In time, other versions and variants followed with greater improvements. The type featured on this page was a Halifax Mk. V.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details

 

H.P. Halifax LL414 took off from RAF Sandtoft during the late evening of 31 May 1944. The aircraft crashed at Glen Isla in Scotland in the early hours of 1 June.

The RAF Report concluded that the aircraft had experienced failure of at least one engine. This combined with the poor weather conditions prevailing at the time meant that the pilot was unable to maintain control of the aircraft.
 
Shortly after this loss of power, the Halifax began to descend at speed until it struck the ground at Glen Isla, killing all 8 crew members.

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Fragmented wreckage from Halifax LL414 at Glen Isla.

 

fragmented wreckage from halifax ll414

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: The smaller wreckage has been piled in a heap by the recovery teams. (Larger sections would have been removed from the site or buried.)

 

Some of the wreckage here includes undercarriage sections, spars, propeller blade sections, and armoured plating.

 

Wreckage heaped together by recovery teams

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Another view of the highly fragmented pile of wreckage.

 

another view of the highly fragmented pile of wreckage

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Tubular wreckage sections; possibly, engine bearer struts.

 

tubular wreckage sections

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Sections of aluminium skinning.

 

aluminium sections

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Wheel hubs (?)

 

wheel hubs ?

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

Accident Date: 1 Jun 1944

 

Accident Site:

Glen Isla (Glenisla)
[General area map]

 

Region: Angus

Nearest town or village:

Braemar [map], Alyth, or Kirriemuir [map].

 

Nearest large town: Dundee (SW) [streetmap]

 

OS Grid Ref. N/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Small pieces of fragmented wreckage still at the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

Registration or Serial: LL414

 

Operator: RAF (1667 Heavy Conversion Unit)

 

Operating Station:

RAF Sandtoft (See also here.)

 

Station Location: Sandtoft, Belton, Doncaster, North Lincolnshire, England.

 

Current Station Status: RAF Station closed in 1945. In 1955,

airfield disposed of by MoD. Currently, the area is being used partly by Sandtoft Flying Club (Sandtoft Airfield), partly by The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft, and partly  by commercial enterprises.

 

Current Airfield Name: Sandtoft Airfield (EGCF)

 

 

 

 

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