The bodies of Flight Sergeant Archibald. Sergeant McLaren, and Sergeant Francis, were recovered and are buried at Stavne Cemetery inTrondheim .The rest of the crew, were never found.

Far Left. Parts of L9496 washed ashore at Vikan.

Left:Life raft pump, now in the care of Kristian Steinsvik

Rørvik.Sør Trøndelag 9.August 2003/ November 2012

View from the ferry deck at Rørvik.
The mark indicates where the
piece of metal was found.

Handley Page Halifax Vikan, Vorpneset Sør-Trøndelag

35.Squadron RAF R9496 TL-L 30/31st March 1942

A total of 33 Halifax bombers took off from RAF Kinloss in Scotland, to participate in an attack on the German Battleship Tirpitz, moored at Fættenfjord north of Trondheim. R9496 was hit by German flak and caught fire. At 02.15 the aircraft crashed into the Trondheimsfjord at Vikan, and exploded killing all onboard.

Pilot.Sgt W.B.Archibald. 2nd Pilot.Sgt.L.J. Nelmes. Navigator F/Sgt. G.H.G. Murray. W/Op Air Gunner Sgt. A.M. Mclaren. W/Op Air Gunner Sgt. J.F. Staff. Tail Gunner Sgt. D. Francis. Flight Engineer Sgt. S. Palmers.

Six Halifaxes with 42 men were lost in this attack. R9438 and R9453 crashed at Shetland. W1015 crashed at Remmingskjæret, W1043 and W1044 crashed into the Hemnefjord.

Full story at Linzee Druce web site:here

2003 ©kjell Sørensen
11.November 2012 ©kjell sørensen
One airman was found here at the tip of Vorpneset.
The German Seenot dienst sent a Do 24 (KK+VA) to search, but all they found was a large oil slick on the sea. One airman was seen to bail out.
Stavne Cemetery