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Hampden I  L4073 [Royal Air Force Aircraft Serial and Image Database]

 Hampden I  L4073

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  12 Apr 40 Aircraft Name  Hampden I Serial Number  L4073
Unit  50 Sqdn Operating Airfield   Country  LWT
Aircrew details
Source Henk Welting's Database

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/132Sergeant G M Wild, Sergeant D W A Chambers, Leading Aircraftman S Kershaw and Sergeant H Bratton missing presumed dead; Hampden L4073 failed to return from air operations off the coast of Norway, 12 April 1940.C14141882

Casualities in the CWGC Register for Hampden I L4073

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
SergeantHarry BRATTON (580637) Hampden I L4073  AIR81/132 1940-04-1250 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantDavid William Arlidge CHAMBERS (740907) Hampden I L4073  AIR81/132 1940-04-1250 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Leading AircraftmanStanley KERSHAW (611349) Hampden I L4073  AIR81/132 1940-04-1250 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantGerald Marsden WILD (580291) Hampden I L4073  AIR81/132 1940-04-1250 Sqdn AIR27 United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

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Hampden L4077 20/21st July 1940.Dear TEC The Hampden File by Harry Moyle ISBN 0 85130 128 2 Hampden Serial no L4077 Units served with; 50Sq / 49 Sq Date 20-21/7/40 Cause; Crashed out of fuel on return, Hunstanton Crew; PO Michie; Sgt Lowe; AC! Bellamy; Sgt Corbett (All unhurt) Duty; Minelaying, Baltic Sound There is also an earlier reference to L4077 on page 183: "The height at which Hampden pilots flew their aircraft is evident in an accident involving L4077 on 21st October 1939 at Tollerton, which at the time was in use as a dispersal aerodrome for the Waddington squadrons. L4077 took off from Tollerton to carry out low flying attacks on a machine gun post that had been erected on the centre of the aerodrome for the purpose of giving the men of 53 Light Anti Aircraft Battery practice in the use of their weapons. Sgt GM Wild, the Hampden pilot, flew a little bit too low and hit the gun. Army Sgt Fretwell was killed and Gunner Wardele injured, but the Hampden landed safely, having been only slightly damaged. The Hampden crew were unhurt but obviously appalled by the tragic consequence of the incident. Sgt Wild did not live very long to reflect on what had happenned, as he was pilot of L4073 on 12th April 1940 when it was shot down in flames off Norway with the loss of its crew. Handley Page Hampden & Hereford Crash Log ISBN 0 904597 34 2 L4077 49 Sq 21/7/40 Force landed at 04.35 hours at Bircham Newton, on return from ops. Fuel shortage. Catagory W. (destroyed / write off) Hope this helps James ....Read More.James Castle on 13th September 2009 09:58:12

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