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Brice, Arthur Robert "Chegga" (Sergeant)

Prisoner of War 1944-05-25

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Service
RAFVR
Unit
158 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Strength In Unity
Base
RAF Lissett
Rank
Sergeant
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Air Gunner (Mid-Upper)
Service Numbers
1577795
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Halifax B/A.Mk.III LW720

Bombing Aachen Germany 1944-May-24 to 1944-May-25

158 Squadron RAF (Strength in unity) RAF Lissett. Halifax BIII aircraft LW 720 NP-W was shot down by a Heinkel He 219 A-0 night fighter flown by Major Hans Karlewski of the 2/NJG 1, just after dropping the bomb load during a raid against targets in Aachen, Germany. The Halifax crashed 30 km North of Aachen near Durboslar, Germany with the loss of three aircrew

Sergeant D Davies (RAFVR), Sergeant WM Rivers (RAFVR) and Pilot Officer J M Roberts (RAFVR) were killed in action

Flight Lieutenant W C Graham (RCAF), Sergeant A R Brice (RAFVR), Sergeant C Weeks (RAFVR) and Sergeant J H Wilson (RAFVR) all survived to become Prisoners of War

There were four other 158 Squadron Halifax aircraft lost on this operation: LV 918 NP-O, LW 118 NP-X, HX 320 NP-A and LW 653 NP-T

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Sergeant Brice had been wounded in the neck during the night fighter attack on his aircraft and survived to become a Prisoner of War

The Long Road, Trials and Tribulations of Airmen Prisoners from Stalag Luft VII (Bankau) to Berlin, June 1944-May 1945 by Oliver Clutton-Brock and Raymond Crompton, pages 26,27, 291,348

Footprints on the Sands of Time, RAF Bomber Command Prisoners of War in Germany 1939-45 by Oliver Clutton-Brock, page 252

Crew on Halifax B/A.Mk.III LW720

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/A.Mk.III LW720

Failed to Return, Aachen 25.5.44
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