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Hampden I AD936
Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry
|Date of Crash || 08 Sep 41 ||Aircraft Name || Hampden I ||Serial Number || AD936 |
|Unit || 144 Sqdn ||Operating Airfield || ||Country || Noord-Holland|
|Aircrew details || |
|Source|| Henk Welting's Database|
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|AIR81/8929||Sergeant I R Fraser: killed; Pilot Officer P Stevens, Sergeant A Payne, Sergeant H H Thompson: prisoners of war; aircraft shot down and crashed near Amsterdam, Holland, Hampden AD936, 144 Squadron, 8 September 1941.||C16924771|
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|Hampden AE133 10 Jan 1942||Hi David,
From page 105 of "Escape, Evasion and Revenge - The True Story of a German Jewish RAF Pilot who bombed Berlin and became a POW" by Marc Stevens:
"Since the navigator had to know a fair bit about flying, and since the pilot also had to be able to navigate, senior officers decided that all Hampden navigators should also be fully qualified pilots. Thus pilots new to combat could enter the world of operations in stages, which eased the transition to real war. In the event of the pilot's incapacitation, the navigator could take control of the plane. In theory.
With the Hampden's design, a man could move from the plane's nose up to the pilot's position only by crawling through a narrow tunnel up and under the pilot's seat, surfacing just behind the pilot. The navigator could then lower the pilot's seatback, pull out the injured man, climb into the seat, raise the seatback and strap himself in, and take over flying duties. Nobody asked how all this could happen while the aircraft was in a high-speed vertical dive. In practice, it was virtually impossible. But at least the possibility existed, and that was enough to satisfy the crews"
The subject of the story, P/O Peter Stevens, was shot down by flak on 7/8 September 1941 in Hampden AD936 of 144 Sqn.
Dave ....Read More.||alieneyes on 21st February 2010 04:28:18|