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Harry Lancaster Humphries

In memory of:

Flying Officer Harry Lancaster Humphries

November 6, 1942

Military Service


Service Number:

J/9527

Age:

29

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

78 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of James and Margaret Humphries, of Indian River, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 83 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

NEWTON-UPON-OUSE (ALL SAINTS) CHURCHYARD
Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Row A. Grave 3.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Flying Officer Harry Lancaster Humphries is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Harry Lancaster Humphries is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of HARRY LANCASTER HUMPHRIES– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Photo courtesy of Rich Allenby
www.allenby.info/aircraft/planes/42/dt525.html for full story.
Crash 78 (RAF) Sqdn Halifax aircraft based at Linton-on- Ouse, Yorkshire.
On the 6th of November 1942 the airmen on board this aircraft took off from Linton on Ouse at 18.20hrs. They were tasked with mine laying in the Nectarine area, to the north of the Frisian's. On board was pretty much a scratch crew, four regular crew flew with three others not usually in this settled crew. They dropped their mines in the area ordered to and made for home. On this leg they drifted slightly too far south and came in over the coast in the Hull area. With visibilty poor they became lost and flew into high ground above Wass village on the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, on Byland Moor at 22.30hrs...
The aircraft crashed into a field and then trees not far from Lund Farm. Three of the crew were killed in the crash. The pilot escaped with minor injuries.  He was RCAF Sgt. R. G. Mills. 
Two members of the RAF were killed.

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