|'Heston' call sign||Hi 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!
Russ ....Read More.||RussG on 22nd November 2007 09:11:00|
|'Heston' call sign||Thanks 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 Northumberland||Just a quick post regarding our new book 'Air Crash Northumberland' published by Countryside Books (http://www.countrysidebooks.co.uk).
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 sign||Hi Russ
"Hampden File" p90
cause as: "Abandoned over Whitley Bay out of fuel" and
duty as: "Security Patrol"
"L4054 was the only case of a complete crew known to have perished after bailing out, but others may have suffered the same fate"
"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."
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
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 Reports||The 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, Blyth||Hello 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.
DaveW ....Read More.||davew on 26th February 2014 06:41:12|
|Bomber Crash Seaton Sluice, Blyth||From 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
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|