Database :: Aircraft Serials :: Aircraft Losses

Serial (AZ-9999) -
A-Z 1-2-3-4 -
Aircraft Name - Display: by Series Or Individually
Hampden I  L4054 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Hampden I  L4054

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/1979Pilot Officer W Roberts, Pilot Officer K Brooke-Taylor, Sergeant A McNicol: killed; Aircraftman D W Sharpe: missing believed killed; aircraft accident, Hartley, Hampden L4054, 83 Squadron, 7 April 1940.C16471271

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Hampden I L4054

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Pilot OfficerKeith BROOKE-TAYLOR (41251) Pilot Hampden I L4054  AIR81/1979 1940-04-0783 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomChevington Cemetery
SergeantAndrew McNICOL (563207) Observer Hampden I L4054  AIR81/1979 1940-04-0783 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomBarrow-In-Furness (Thorncliffe
Pilot OfficerWilfred ROBERTS (40319) Pilot Hampden I L4054  AIR81/1979 1940-04-0783 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomChevington Cemetery
Aircraftman 1st ClassDenis William SHARPE (541437) Hampden I L4054  AIR81/1979 1940-04-0783 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

ThreadPost TextAuthor
'Heston' call signHi All, I am currently working on the story of the crash of H P Hampden L4054 and in the AVIA 5 it is reported that the aircraft was heard twice throughout the night 'calling Heston for call signs'. Could anyone clarify what this means, I presume 'Heston' is RAF Heston although the Hampden was from 83 sqdn., Scampton. Any help would be much appreciated! TIA, Russ ....Read More.RussG on 22nd November 2007 09:11:00
'Heston' call signThanks Chris, The aircraft crashed just inland of St. Mary's Island, Whitley Bay. It seems that Denis Sharpe (the Wop/Ag) was either badly injured or dead but certainly unable to operate the wireless on the return journey from Sylt, the request being made just prior (about 15 minutes) to the aircraft being over the target (another a/c saw what is thought to have been L4054 coned over the target and being fired at by tracer). It seems therefore that the request was not for any homing signal as they had not yet reached the target and there were as yet no radio bombing aids so it is a mystery. This quote was from the RAF's official investigation of the crash and like you I cannot make any sense of it. Russ ....Read More.RussG on 25th November 2007 01:37:50
New Book - Air Crash NorthumberlandJust a quick post regarding our new book 'Air Crash Northumberland' published by Countryside Books ( The book details 29 crash sites in Northumberland between 1930 and 1983 and has been written by four regulars on this forum, Jim Corbett, Russ Gray, Johnathan Shipley and Neil Anderson. The stories covered are: Whitley P4952 at Bellingham Vulcan XM610 at Wingate Botha's W5137 & W5154 at Morpeth B17 42-30030 at Seahouses B17 44-6504 at Braydon Crag Beaufighter T3037 at Stobswood Beaufort L9797 at Ashington Rapide G-AFMF at Simonburn Venom WR557 at Slaggyford Flycatchers N9679 & N9677 at Falstone Hampden L4054 at Whitley Bay Hunter XG236 at Kielder Hurricane KX190 at Elsdon Tempest EJ859 at Felkington Typhoon MN140 at North Seaton Heinkel HE111 3550 at Morpeth Junkers Ju88 1064 at Bedlington F104 Starfighter D-8337 at Alwinton Mustang AG617 at Bellingham Cherokee G-BHDG at Hedgehope Hill P47 Thunderbolt 42-25530 at Eshott Stirling EH880 at Amble Spitfire's R6596 & X4595 at Hepburn Moor Spitfire P8563 at Weldon Bridge Spitfire P8563 at Blanchland Spitfire AA920 at Longhorsley Spitfire MH388 at Ouston Varsity WL640 at Falstone Wellington X3171 at Greenhaugh The book can be ordered online from Amazon, Tesco, Waterstones and numerous other sites. Would welcome any comments should anyone obtain a copy. All the best. Jim Corbett ....Read More.JimCorbett1977 on 15th October 2008 03:21:42
'Heston' call signHi Russ "Hampden File" p90 lists the cause as: "Abandoned over Whitley Bay out of fuel" and duty as: "Security Patrol" p152 "L4054 was the only case of a complete crew known to have perished after bailing out, but others may have suffered the same fate" p152 "L4054 was the first Hampden to be abandoned on return from operations. It had taken off from its base at Scampton at 1915hrs on 6 April 1940 for a "Security Partol" of German seaplane bases; nine hours later the crew abandoned their aircraft because of fuel shortage near Whitley Bay on the Northumbrian coast. A matter of two or three minutes flying time and they would have floated down to earth; instead they splashed down in the cold waters of the North Sea. In the darkness they would first of all had to release their parachute harness before struggling free from the encumbrance of parachute rigging lines and canopies, then inflate their Mae West life jackets which in those early days had to be orally inflated. The final opponent in their fight for survival would have been the deadly enemy - hypothermia. At that time of year, the sea temperature would not be above 40 degrees F and even assuming that no injury had been sustained, that the weather was good and the sea state smooth, their life expectancy was at most, two hours. The crew of L4054 lost their fight for survival; three bodies were picked up next day; that of the wireless operator was never found." Re Heston My great uncle Tony Parsons was pilot of AE191 also of 83 Squadron when he ditched on 8/12/41 His gunner George Wiscombe later wrote: "When trouble was first noted P/O Jacobs on instructions from the skipper sent out an S.O.S. and received a “fix” from Heston which I overheard through the inter-com." I have recently heard from the AHB that "at 05.30 hrs the aircraft requested position fix which was calculated and given by Heston as 5137N 0228E" another not of Heston I have found is listed below: 27/2/41 Hampden X3124 ‘H’ Wing Commander WW Stainthorpe AFC Buried Scampton (St John) The Baptist Churchyard Lincolnshire. PO A McMelville Buried Chesham Burial Ground, Buckinghamshire. Sgt L Emmerson Buried Acklam Cemetery, Middlesborough. Sgt DV Weaving Buried St Marylebone Cemetery, Finchley, Middlesex. Crashed Derrington Cross Nr Stafford. Nine aircraft on operation to Cologne, aircraft lost, navigational error fixed over Birmingham by Heston. (P200 83 Squadron 1917-1969, Ronald G Low and Frank E Harper) Hope this is of help James PS Are you only looking at L4054 or are your searches wider? ....Read More.James Castle on 20th November 2008 11:52:32
AiB AVIA Class ReportsThe TNA index for AVIA 5 has a number of errors in the transcription of serial numbers that prevent easy searches. The following is very much a work in progress for AVIA5/19, the first wartime file, to provide an index of: Aircraft Serial Number, Aircraft Type, Date of Incident, W reference 2199 Blenheim IV W914 AM266 Catalina II ??/01/1941 W958a AR651 Mohawk IV 08/01/1941 W947 AR658 Mohawk IV 02/01/1941 W945 AR664 Mohawk IV 01/02/1941 W958 AR666 Mohawk IV 06/08/1940 W853 G-ADPF Tiger Moth W822 G-ADVH Monospar W748a G-AESO Tiger Moth W747 K4927 Hart Trainer 08/12/1940 W934 K6011 Swordfish 29/11/1940 W928 K6248 Anson I 21/03/1941 W989 K6272 Anson I 21/06/1940 W795 K6296 Anson I 01/04/1941 W997 K6718 Spitfire P W949 K7019 Harrow II 21/10/1938 W621 K7114 Blenheim I 09/03/1941 W984 K7156 Blenheim I 05/07/1940 W808 K7190 Whitley I 02/05/1939 W654 K7229 Whitley I 05/03/1941 W983 K7260 Whitley I 18/12/1939 W718 K7435 Audax I 11/10/1938 W619 K7594 Battle I 11/12/1937 W581 K7732 Wellesley I 29/09/1938 W617 K7933 Gladiator I 16/06/1938 W604 K7950 Gladiator I 19/11/1939 W709 K8503 Shark II 20/02/1941 W969a K8733 Anson I 21/02/1939 W639 K8996 Whitley III 18/10/1939 W693 K9001 Whitley III 19/09/1939 W684 K9002 Whitley III 21/07/1939 W669 K9223 Battle I 01/10/1940 W886 K9419 Battle I ??/03/1939 W641 K9838 Spitfire I 16/03/1939 W643 K9965 Spitfire I 08/09/1939 W679 K9977 Spitfire I 30/12/1939 W719 L1100 Blenheim I 03/01/1941 W946 L1153 Blenheim I 18/07/1938 W607 L1160 Blenheim I 07/11/1938 W623 L1164 Blenheim I 03/09/1939 W677 L1232 Blenheim I 05/06/1940 W784 L1358 Blenheim I 10/07/1940 W814 L1549 Hurricane I 20/07/1938 W607 L1577 Hurricane I 01/02/1941 W959 L1629 Hurricane I 02/02/1939 W635 L1717 Hurricane I 27/11/1940 W926 L1791 Hurricane I 25/07/1940 W827 L1849 Hurricane I 07/07/1940 W810 L1870 Hurricane I 29/07/1940 W827 L1936 Hurricane I 04/07/1940 W797 L1955 Hurricane I 29/07/1940 W832 L1989 Hurricane I ??/07/1940 W827 L2162 Sunderland I 20/09/1938 W616 L2944 Skua II 27/07/1940 W829 L2946 Skua II 11/01/1940 W724 L3036 Skua II 14/11/1939 W708 L4054 Hampden I 07/04/1940 W749 L4136 Hampden I 20/04/1939 W649 L4161 Hampden I 05/09/1939 W678 L4243 Wellington I 15/05/1939 W656 L4261 Wellington I 01/03/1941 W979 L4290 Wellington I 21/07/1939 W670 L4395 Mentor 21/03/1940 W745 L4547 Oxford I 06/11/1939 W703 L4571 Oxford I 18/09/1939 W683 L4580 Oxford I 13/09/1938 W615 L4702 Lysander I 28/04/1939 W653 L4762 Lysander II 28/04/1939 W652 L4853 Blenheim IV 06/08/1940 W838 L5356 Battle I 29/10/1940 W900 L5947 Magister I ??/07/1940 W807 L5948 Magister I 10/05/1938 W602 L6016 Hereford I 09/05/1940 W765 L6160 Botha I 02/05/1940 W775 L6205 Botha I ??/08/1940 W850 L6612 Blenheim I 19/12/1940 W941 L6679 Blenheim I 16/11/1940 W912 L6970 Defiant I 11/06/1940 W791 L7004 Defiant I 07/06/1940 W787 L7278 Manchester I 21/03/1941 W988 L7596 DH.86 28/07/1939 W672 L8060 Magister I 16/08/1938 W614 L8136 Magister I 11/11/1938 W624 L8331 Magister I 15/04/1940 W754 L8369 Blenheim I 25 ....Read More.Ross_McNeill on 7th November 2011 08:36:22
Bomber Crash Seaton Sluice, BlythHello Chris Hampden L4054 of 83S abandoned out of fuel 6/4/40 came to rest 400 yds inland from St Mary's Lighthouse. Four crewmen killed. regards DaveW ....Read More.davew on 26th February 2014 06:41:12
Bomber Crash Seaton Sluice, BlythFrom my trilogy [I]For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume One: Fates 1915-1942)[/I]: Sat 6/Sun 7 Apr 1940 Bomber Command Security patrol of German seaplane bases 83 Squadron, RAF (Scampton, Lincolnshire - 5 Group) Hampden I L4054 - took off at 1915 and ran out of fuel returning after nine hours in the air. Abandoned at 0415 over Whitley Bay, Northumberland, L4054 crashed into the sea near St Mary’s lighthouse. The bodies of three crew members were later recovered from the sea, while the wireless operator is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Both pilots are buried at East Chevington, Northumberland. Pilot: 40319 Plt Off Wilfred ROBERTS, RAF - Age 25. 357hrs. (Pilot): 41251 Plt Off Keith BROOKE-TAYLOR, RAF - Age 21. 266hrs. 5th op. [I]Roberts was born at Brisbane, Australia, but educated in New Zealand. Selected for a short service commission in the RAF, he embarked for England in 1937. His number of operational flights is unknown but the first was undertaken on the first day of the war. Brooke-Taylor was probably acting as observer on this flight. His brother, Rex Brooke-Taylor, died on 30 December 1940 while flying with 3 Service Flying Training School, RNZAF.[/I] And an amendment from Vol Three (Biographies & Appendices): ROBERTS & BROOKE-TAYLOR – actually crashed on land, ¼ mile west of St Mary’s Lighthouse, exploding bombs scattering the wreckage over a wide area. The crew had baled out over the sea after repeatedly signalling ‘SOS’ by Aldis lamp while circling the lighthouse, the bodies of three being recovered at 0800. Errol ....Read More.Errol Martyn on 26th February 2014 04:28:07

The URL for this page is Here is a Clickable Link
Like what you see? You can support this site!