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Handley Page Halifax BB214 – 103 Sq – Sgt Dryhurst RAFVR.

103 Squadron

Sgt Harry G Dryhurst RAFVR

Date

Target/Duty

S/N

Rank

Initials

Surname

Age

Hometown

Service

 

Missing

POW

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

Sgt

HG

Dryhurst

 

 

 

 

 

POW

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

Sgt

JW

Platt

25

Liverpool.

RAF

 

M

 

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

Sgt

AA

Roberts

 

 

RAAF

 

 

POW

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

P/O

VMM

Morrison

19

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

RCAF

K

 

 

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

F/S

JJ

Carey

22

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

RCAF

K

 

 

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

Sgt

BF

Hughes

 

 

RNZAF

 

 

POW

28/08/1942

Nuremberg

BB214

Sgt

JL

MacLachlan

21

 

RAFVR

K

 

 

  BB214 was attacked by a night fighter outbound and crashed in the Laacher See, near Koblenz on the night of the 28th August

  1942. The pilot later reported that the bomb load failed to jettison and is thought to be still on the aircraft.

  2 crew members – Platt and Carey, were unaccounted for and their remains were thought to be still on the aircraft. After the war attempts were made to recover this aircraft which was resting on the lake bed close to the shore. These attempts were abandoned as they proved difficult and dangerous in view of the bomb load on board.

  The wreck was left largely undisturbed for many years. Part of the tail fins were protruding above the water and were later cut off and removed by a scrap dealer.

  The wreck has been investigated from time to time with a view to clearing the site. Nothing has come of this as it was considered too complex and expensive to undertake. It is thought that divers and scavengers have explored on the wreck over the years and some items may have been stripped off it.

  The lake is now part of a National Park and diving and the use of power boats require official permission.

  In the last 10 years there has been renewed interest in BB214 and a surveys and dives have been made. Some human remains have been receovered and these have been identified as Canadian Flight Sergeant John Joseph Carey. ( See pic below )

  

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  To date no trace of the remains of the Flight Engineer Sgt Platt have been found but investigations are ongoing.

  Harry Dryhurst was tragically killed in a flying accident at Luton airport in 1967.

  Mid upper gunner in this crew, Sgt Bernie Hughes RNZAF wrote an account of his last operation and his experiences as a POW which I published in the RAF Elsham Wolds Assn newsletter some years ago. I have added this to the next page for interest.

Item written by David Fell

 

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