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Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940

Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Rich Allenby (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:08:27 Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Does anyone know the names of three airmen killed in a tent on the ground when Hampden L4181 overshot a landing at Finningley on 6th July 1940.

The tented camp of airmen were dispersed from regular accomodation because of fear of enemy air raids, the incident killed three and injured two occupants. All on the actual aircraft survived.

I have Chorleys BCL which leaves them un-named.

I also have a note that this may have occured at Linton on Ouse.

Can anyone help ? regards Rich Allenby


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Greg
Time Stamp:
20:38:26 Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Rich,

Not much help i'm afraid, but the "Handley Page Hampden and Hereford Crash Log" by Nicholas Roberts (pub Mid Counties, 1980) shows the incident happening at Waddington.

I haven't yet copied the Finningley ORB, so can't help you with details from that, but on the offchance that 18 OTU (who were a Finningley-based unit at the time) recorded the incident i checked their ORB. Nothing there either i'm afraid...

It may be worth checking the Waddington station ORB if you get chance Rich, as i know they did use tented accomodation to disperse their airmen. I can't comment on Linton, but i'm reasonably certain that Finningley didn't use tented accomodation.

L/O

Greg

"You can take the boy out of Wales,

But you can't take Wales out of the boy..."


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Rich Allenby (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:52:44 Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Greg, Im working on a complete Yorkshire listing mishap and crash database with Nick Roberts, its odd that he's not added the Waddington info to this database if indeed it did happen there. Agreed, the ORB would be a good starting point. Or the deaths index if names are found out to discover the county and region of death which may give a clue.

Cheers Rich


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: ianh (Guest)
Time Stamp:
21:50:52 Thursday, May 10, 2007
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Rich

Forgive my (possible) ignorance - put it down to being a Southerner - but is Waddington Yorkshire, or Lincolnshire?

Ian



RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: EddieFell
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06:55:58 Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Waddington is firmly in Lincolnshire (south of Lincoln)

Eddie

(in Yorkshire)


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: ian (Guest)
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09:06:25 Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Hence not in a Yorkshire database?...

Ian



RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Lauries_Girl
Time Stamp:
09:49:29 Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Please forgive my ignorance but I have often wondered how it seemed that some of the clever people on these boards were able to search the cwgc site for deaths on a specific date. Is there a searchable form of the database somewhere?

TIA

LG


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: DaveW
Time Stamp:
11:19:32 Sunday, June 10, 2007
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RossGmann posted this tip in August

Try the following for eg

DD/MM/YYYY inurl:www.cwgc.org

However, in my experience, it does not return all instances of the required date. Someone else suggested that this may be because of the way Google works. Worth a punt though. As an afterthought it is probably worth putting an additional term in the search criteria to weed out the non-RAF. EG

DD/MM/YYYY air inurl:www.cwgc.org

HTH

regards

DaveW


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Greg
Time Stamp:
11:48:18 Sunday, June 10, 2007
Post:
Rich,

I'm not too sure why i didn't think of this before (likely because I was on bottled "Bevan's Bitter" from the Rhymney Brewery last night when i first replied...) but i have all the Hampden Accident Cards (Form 78s) for 1940 on microfilm. I've just loaded the film up and had a look at the form for L4181 on the date you mentioned. It quite clearly states that the accident happened at Finningley, and that the airmen killed in the tent were members of a "defence gun crew", although it doesn't mention their names. The card is notated with the Officer Commanding's comment regarding the pilot, noting that he made a "serious error of judgement" in not opening up to go around again. A Court of Inquiry was convened apparently Rich, so somewhere you may find that Court's report.

Anyway, whilst i had the film loaded up on my microfilm reader, i printed a copy of the form for you. If you send me your address (gregATgreg-harrison.co.uk) i'll pop it in the post to you.

L/O

Greg

"You can take the boy out of Wales,

But you can't take Wales out of the boy..."


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Henk Welting (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:07:18 Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Rich,

AC2 Matthew COOK - 620895

AC2 Patrick J. CURRY - 573507 (from Irish Republic)

AC2 Granville J. HIGGS - 649099

Two airmen were injured, names not known.

Regards and good weekend,

Henk.


RE: Hampden L4181, 6th July 1940
Author: Rich Allenby (Guest)
Time Stamp:
16:42:18 Tuesday, July 10, 2007
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Many thanks to all who have replied, much appreciated.

Greg, I will email you my address, many thanks.

Henk, as ever, on the case! Many thanks for their names.

regards Rich