The Harrison Crew - 433 Squadron  
   

 

 

The Harrison Crew - 1944

Back Row L-R: F/O E. Widenoja B/A (RCAF),F/O J.Kinder Nav (RCAF),R. Beaudette A/G,  F/O J. Harrison Pilot (RCAF)            

Front Row L-R: Sgt D. Whitbread F/E (RAFVR), F/O L. Dufresne WAG (RCAF), F/S R. Bourne A/G (RCAF),

 

   On the morning of August 5, 1944, Flying Officer James Harrison was piloting Halifax Mk. BIII MZ828 coded BM-H when it took off from Skipton on Swale to attack the V-1 site at St-Leu-d'Esserent. During the return trip on final approach to land, one of the aircraft's engines failed, the aircraft crashed in the nearby village of Skipton Bridge.

F/O James Harrison and Sgt Dennis Whitbread were killed in the crash. Tragically, a five year old boy, Kenneth Battensby, was hit by debris from the crash was also killed.

 

 
 

Photo courtesy of the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, Yorkshire.