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    Default 44 Squadron operations early September 1941

    On the Second page of the crash log for Rutland, 1941-1942 compiled by John Rennison and published in his book, ‘Wings Over Rutland’, he lists - an unknown Hampden from 44 Squadron crashing at North Luffenham on the 2 September 41 while on a fog diversion.

    No record of a Hampden loss at North Luffenham can be found, suggesting the damage was light and repairable.

    Hampdens from 144 Squadron returning from Cologne 1/2 Sept. were diverted from North Luffenham to Horsham St Faith and Mildenhall with the reason given as bad landing conditions. One Hampden AE309 did pick up the diversion but failed to make radio contact with Horsham and chose to continue landing safely at North Luffenham in the early hours of the 2 September.

    Is there a 44 Squadron expert who can help in identifying this Hampden its crew and any further circumstances from their squadrons ORB.

    Thanks, John

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    Hi John,

    It may meed a bit of cross checking with the ORBs but looking at the Form 1180s does not give a obvious suspect:

    44 Sqn
    1-9-1941, 02:15 hrs AE258, overshot and crashed into marker beacon, Sgt E K Knight.
    3-9-1942, no time listed, AE192, Landed u/c up in cabbage field Coleby, P/O Ankstein

    No more cards raised until 7-9-1941 and no cards from No.144 Sqn during this period.

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    Ross

    Thanks for the speedy response.

    With nothing obvious I rechecked 144 Squadron reports. Reading with more care, one minor reference indicates crews were in fact given the diversion details before take off at the briefing, in anticipation of poor landing conditions. Therefore not a diversion due to an incident sent out as they returned. The squadron had one of its Hampden, AD905, fail to return, coming down approaching the target.

    With the only common factor being poor weather conditions, I will wait and see if anything else turns up and possibly consider ‘Wings Over Rutland’ reference a possible error.

    Thanks, John

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