H.P. Halifax LK901

Glen Shee, Perth and Kinross

 
     
 
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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]

 

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 / LK901

 


 

(Click here for RAF history of this type)

 

Aircraft Type Designation: Heavy Bomber.

 

Aircraft Type Nickname: Halibag.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Accident Details


HP Halifax LK901 left RAF Sandtoft on a night training exercise. However, during the exercise, the aircraft entered heavy cloud, disorientating the pilot and causing him to lose control.

The Halifax began to descend through the clouds rapidly. As it did so, the airframe started to disintegrate.

The aircraft crashed in the vicinity of Glenshee Post Office (since demolished). All members of the crew were killed.

 

 

 

 

Aircraft Crew Casualties

 

The crew members who died in this tragic accident were:

 

(The first six airmen listed below were buried at Montrose (Sleepyhillock) Cemetery.)

(The next airman listed was buried at Enfield, Hertford Road Cemetery.)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Crash Site Photos

 

BELOW: Small wreckage parts from RAF HP Halifax LK901 at Glen Shee.

 

Fragments of glass can be seen beside the round object.

 

small wreckage part from halifax lk901

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Unidentified sections from the Halifax's airframe.

 

unidentified sections from the airframe

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: More wreckage parts, including coiled copper wire.

 

more wreckage parts including coiled copper wire

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 


 

BELOW: Aluminium skinning from the Halifax bomber.

 

aluminium skinning from the halifax bomber

 

Photo © 2013 Neil Daniel

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Crash Date / Site

 

 

Accident Date:  8 Nov 1944

 

Accident Site:

Glen Shee (vicinity of former Post Office site.)

 

Nearest road: A93.

 

Region: Perth and Kinross

Nearest towns or villages:

Mac Thomas Bridge (Spittal of Glenshee) (N), or Bridge of Cally [map] (S).

 

Nearest large towns: Blairgowrie (NE) or Perth (SE).

 

OS Grid Ref. (43) NO 126 677/A

 

GPS Ref: N/A

 

Present Condition: Some small pieces of fragmented wreckage remain at the crash site.

 

 

 

Aircraft Details

 

 

Registration or Serial: LK901

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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