Sergeant James Hadland - 76 Squadron  
   

Sgt James Hadland - RAFVR

 

Sergeant James Hadland was serving as Mid-Upper Gunner on board Halifax MK.V LK-921 coded MP-R for an operation to Berlin on January 21, 1944. The aircraft departed from Holme on Spalding Moor at 1634hrs but crashed 15 km northwest of Burgkemnitz. All of the crew are buried at the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery.

The rest of the crew were:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

P/O Victor "Red" Parrott

RCAF

Pilot

Red Lake, Ontario

26

Sgt Cyrl "Jinx" Vicary

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

-

-

F/Sgt Jack "Smiley" Miriams

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

F/Sgt Arthur "Slim" Gibson

RCAF

Bomb Aimer

-

-

F/Sgt Frederick "Hicky" Hickman

RAFVR

W/Op/AGr

Brighton, Sussex

23

Sgt Leonard "Mac" McCarthy

RAAF

Rear Gunner

S. Brisbane, Queensland

18

Sergeant James Hadland RAFVR was was born in Witney, Oxfordshire on 28th September 1924,the son of Francis and Ada Hadland and brother of Elsie Kathleen. He had been courting a local girl before his death.

Unknown Class photo (James 3rd from left in back row)

A cartoon depicting the crew in their various positions drawn by James.

 

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Elsie Kathleen Hadland, research by Linda Ibrom.