Halifax bomber wreckage

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Halifax bomber wreckage

Halifax bomber Mark BII ZA-K was based with Number 10 Squadron at Melbourne. On the night of 4th May 1943 it left its home base to carry out a bombing raid over Dortmund. Returning from a successful mission, it was diverted to RAF Leeming because of poor visibility. In low cloud, the crew misjudged either altitude or position and flew into the hillside near Sutton Bank in the early morning of 5th May. Three of the eight crew survived.

This fragment of the wreckage remained undiscovered until 1996, when it was found by Mr D.C. Morris. The right-hand portion is part of the main wing structure. Attached to it by a hinge is part of the wing flap.

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5th May 1943