Halifax JD158 was the sixteenth of a series of thirty-eight Halifax Mk. II
aircraft of the JD series
to be manufactured by English Electric Company (Salmesbury& Preston) between May 7th and June 28th of
1943. It first shows on the Operations Record Book on May 23rd. of that year and designated as VR-D.
From that date until July 13th VR-D was the aircraft normally flown by F/O Chick McIntosh and his crew. Who had
several encounters with night fighters during that time.
McIntosh flew tent operations on JD158 before completing his Tour. From July through to August 12th the Halifax
with the triple headed dragon was flown by S/L McMurdy and his crew.
Loss of JD158
On the night of August 17/18th 1943 the captain of JD158 was F/L Stanley Heard who normally flew JB859
"Thundering Heard", but the aircraft was not available that night.
Loss of JD158
JD158 as "Have Another"
It has been mentioned in some sources that JD158 may have also been VR-H "Have Another" at some point in the
time this Halifax was at 419 Squadron.
Log Books and ORB for May through August 1943 show JD158 to be on strength with the squadron throughout that period.
There is no gap found
where it may have been removed from service, which is the only way that any other squadron code would be changed to another
letter. From May 23rd to it's loss on August 17/18th records show JD158 was always VR-D.
The art work for "Have Another" shows a Kangaroo and a Joey riding a bomb, the explanation given for the use of these
animals was that one of F/L Heard's men was Australian. Except for Sgt.Blyth and Sgt. Newborn, who both were RAF,
all others of the Heard crew were Canadian.
(There was an Australian pilot performing his second 2nd. pilot sortie with F/L Heard when the crew was lost which
may have provided some confusion.)
So from this information it looks like "Have Another" was not JD158 but another Halifax -H, most likely not 419
Squadron that I can find.