Plea for tales of the Halifax

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With more than 70 years since the end of the Second World War, and with those who took part fewer and fewer each year, I wonder if readers can help with my attempt to record some of the last remaining unpublished memories.

I have been commissioned to write a “personal” history of one of the RAF’s workhorse bombers, the Handley Page Halifax.

Although numerous technical books have been written about this four-engined bomber, which flew 82,773 operations and dropped 224,207 tons of explosives and incendiaries, I am determined to make mine a book of personal memories and anecdotes and previously unused photographs.

Should any readers be surviving aircrew or Halifax ground crew members, I would be delighted if they would make contact.

I would also like to hear from anyone whose relatives served in Halifax squadrons and who have inherited RAF documents, flight logs and diaries, letters and pictures, and who would be willing to let me use this as part of my research.

All items would be treated with the utmost respect. I would also be happy to cover all copying and postage costs. Any material used would be fully credited to acknowledgement in the published book.

Anyone who feels they can help should email Cliff Goodwin at: or write to Cliff Goodwin, 29 Tudor Drive, Tanfield Village, County Durham, DH9 9QD.

Cliff Goodwin,

County Durham