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Woonton, Henry Thomas (Warrant Officer 1st Class)

Prisoner of War 1943-April-20

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Birth Date: unkown date (age )

Home: Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta

35 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Uno Anima Agimus (We Act with One Accord)
Warrant Officer 1st Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Aircraft was hit by incendiaries dropped by another aircraft, causing loss of control. The pilot called to abandon aircraft, but then regained partial control and countermanded the order. However, WOs Keon and Woonton had already left the aircraft and were captured.

Operations Record Book 35 Operations Record Book 1943-04-20

Ultimately the aircraft was shot down by a night-fighter.

In the following crash five crew members were killed. All are buried in Krooswick General Cemetery, Rotterdam: Sgt Ronald Henry Boone RAF 1331310 KIA Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cem. Plot LL. Row 1. Joint grave 41-42. F/Sgt Ernest Cassingham RAF 1335447 KIA Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Plot LL. Row 1. Grave 43. F/Sgt Francis Joseph Greenwood RAF 1059993 KIA Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cem. Plot LL. Row 1. Joint grave 41-42. P/O George Racine Herbert RAF 142149 Pilot KIA Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Plot LL. Row 2. Grave 44. F/Sgt Frank Stewart RAF 566943 KIA Rotterdam (Crooswijk) General Cemetery.

Four were made POWs: F/Sgt Mathias Stanley Keon RCAF R/90710 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug Sgt Robert Hubert Makin RAF 1453320 POW Stalag Luft L4 Sagan and Belaria P/O Archibald Victor Wallace RAF 49831 POW Stalag Luft L3 Sagan and Belaria F/Sgt Henry Thomas Woonton RCAF R/60901 POW Stalag Luft L6 Heydekrug

Crew on Halifax B/GR.Mk.II JB785

Handley Page Halifax

(RAF Photo, 1942)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax Mk. II Series I (Serial No. W7676), coded TL-P, of No. 35 Squadron, RAF, based at Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire in the UK, being piloted by Flight Lieutenant Reginald Lane, (later Lieutenant-General, RCAF), over the English countryside. Flt Lt Lane and his crew flew twelve operations in W7676, which failed to return from a raid on Nuremberg on the night of 28/29 August 1942, when it was being flown by Flt Sgt D. John and crew.

The Handley Page Halifax is a British Royal Air Force (RAF) four-engined heavy bomber of the Second World War. It was developed by Handley Page to the same specification as the contemporary twin-engine Avro Manchester.

The Halifax has its origins in the twin-engine HP56 proposal of the late 1930s, produced in response to the British Air Ministry's Specification P.13/36 for a capable medium bomber for "world-wide use." The HP56 was ordered as a backup to the Avro 679, both aircraft being designed to use the underperforming Rolls-Royce Vulture engine. The Handley Page design was altered at the Ministry to a four-engine arrangement powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; the rival Avro 679 was produced as the twin-engine Avro Manchester which, while regarded as unsuccessful mainly due to the Vulture engine, was a direct predecessor of the famed Avro Lancaster. Both the Lancaster and the Halifax would emerge as capable four-engined strategic bombers, thousands of which would be built and operated by the RAF and several other services during the War.

On 25 October 1939, the Halifax performed its maiden flight, and it entered service with the RAF on 13 November 1940. It quickly became a major component of Bomber Command, performing routine strategic bombing missions against the Axis Powers, many of them at night. Arthur Harris, the Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Bomber Command, described the Halifax as inferior to the rival Lancaster (in part due to its smaller payload) though this opinion was not shared by many of the crews that flew it, particularly for the MkIII variant. Nevertheless, production of the Halifax continued until April 1945. During their service with Bomber Command, Halifaxes flew a total of 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of bombs, while 1,833 aircraft were lost. The Halifax was also flown in large numbers by other Allied and Commonwealth nations, such as the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Free French Air Force and Polish forces. Wikipedia

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Halifax B/GR.Mk.II JB785

Failed to Return, Munster 12.6.43
Unit 35

35 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Uno Anima Agimus

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