This is very unusual model of Halifax, as will be learned by reading
the following remarks.
08/01/2002. Remarks by Carlo
Soliani: "The B.Mk.V differs from the B.Mk.II only for the installation
of a Dowty landing gear (instead of Messier). The aircraft belongs to the
'Special' sub-version because the nose turret has been removed and a metal
fairing has been installed.
This aircraft includes also a later change introduced retrospectively to all
Halifax, involving the replacement of the triangular fins by larger units of
quadrilateral shape. This modification was introduced after several losses of
aircrafts that flew with one engine damaged or out of service; in this
condition was possible for the Halifax to enter an uncontrollable spin. The
Manufacturer delayed this modification and decided to proceed only after a
Polish test pilot was killed in an accident caused by this abnormal behaviour
of the aircraft.
The photograph shows clearly the Dowty landing gear legs (of circular
section and thinner than the Messier ones); note also the cowlings of the
11/01/2002. Remarks by Chris
Pinn: In a book titled 'Halifax Squadrons of WW II' by Jon Lake, there is a
colour drawing of a Halifax in just the same configuration. This was DG250, a B.Mk.V
Srs.I of 1674 HCU, still sporting a Coastal Command colour scheme from its earlier
days with 58 Squadron. Tantalizingly this aircraft was described as 'almost unique',
although this may have been because of the 4-bladed props and Hudson mid-upper
turret! But no photo. So the hunt was on to find photographic evidence of the
beast and you have provided it!
The text by Carlo Soliani indentifies the aircraft quite correctly as a B.Mk.V.
The Holmsley South aircraft in the sketch would have probably been an A.Mk.V with
towing gear under the fuselage, which photo No. 351 definitely does not have. So
that suggests there were at least 3 of these aircraft! I presume photo No. 351 has
a mid-upper turret, which is not visible. The A.Mk.V would probably have had none."
11/15/2002. Remarks by Ron
Dupas: "In corresponding with Mr. Pinn, closely inspection of the
original photo made out three numbers near the tailplane, 424, preceded by one or
two illegible characters."
11/30/2002. Remarks by Chris
Pinn: "There is as a real possibility that this could be DG 424 which was
a late build B.Mk.V Srs.I, i.e. in the same series as the similar DG 250 mentioned
above, although Jon Lake's book shows DG 253 without rectangular fins!"