The Excavation of WWII RAF Bomber, Halifax LV881-ZA-V

Phil Marter, Ronald Visser, Pim Alders, Christoph Roder, Michael Gottwald, Mirko Mank, Steven Hubbard, Udo Recker

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This article outlines the preliminary results of archaeological fieldwork at the crash site of RAF Halifax bomber LV881-ZA-V and explores some of the challenges presented by the excavation of this military wartime crash site. The aircraft and her crew were shot down by a German night fighter in the early hours of 31 March 1944 during the infamous Nuremberg Raid. Four of her crew were killed and the remaining three were taken prisoner and later took part in the ‘Long March’. All three survived the war. An international team comprised of staff and students from Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the UK explored what remained of the crash site, located on a hill outside the village of Steinheim, north east of Frankfurt in the German Federal State of Hesse.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-45
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Conflict Archaeology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Aviation archaeology
  • Bomber Command
  • Halifax bomber
  • Nuremberg
  • RAF
  • World War II
  • crash site

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Marter, P., Visser, R., Alders, P., Roder, C., Gottwald, M., Mank, M., ... Recker, U. (2018). The Excavation of WWII RAF Bomber, Halifax LV881-ZA-V. Journal of Conflict Archaeology, 12(1), 29-45. https://doi.org/10.1080/15740773.2017.1414423
Marter, Phil ; Visser, Ronald ; Alders, Pim ; Roder, Christoph ; Gottwald, Michael ; Mank, Mirko ; Hubbard, Steven ; Recker, Udo. / The Excavation of WWII RAF Bomber, Halifax LV881-ZA-V. In: Journal of Conflict Archaeology. 2018 ; Vol. 12, No. 1. pp. 29-45.
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The Excavation of WWII RAF Bomber, Halifax LV881-ZA-V. / Marter, Phil; Visser, Ronald; Alders, Pim; Roder, Christoph; Gottwald, Michael; Mank, Mirko; Hubbard, Steven; Recker, Udo.

In: Journal of Conflict Archaeology, Vol. 12, No. 1, 19.01.2018, p. 29-45.

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