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    Default 10/11.11.1940 - raid from Hemswell to Posen (Poland)

    Hello,
    Is there anybody who has access to RAF Station Hemswell ORB or ORBs of 61 & 144 Sqns?
    I am searching for any details of a bombing raid of 5 Hemswell Hampdens to Posen (Poland) on 10/11 November 1940.
    According to 5 Group ORB, despite very unfavourable weather, all aircraft returned safely home.
    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    Regards,
    Greg

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    Greg,
    61sqdn only sent one Hampden on this operation, (P/O Langford, Hampden X2967) and he failed to reach the target due to oil pressure failure.

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    Hello,

    P/O Langford was lost a few nights later raiding Hamburg:

    13-14 November 1940
    No.61 Sqn.
    Hampden I P4396:QR-
    Op: Hamburg

    T/o Helmswell. Lost without trace.

    42848 P/O (Pilot) John Graham LANGFORD RAF +
    43280 P/O Colin Deans CHAPMAN RAF (Australian)+
    755604 Sgt Robert SINCLAIR RAFVR +
    968588 Sgt Clarence Edward RUSSELL RAFVR +

    All commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    BCL1(2nd.ed.)/237

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 21st October 2014 at 06:29.

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    Hi Greg,

    According to the Night Bomb Raid Sheets 4 Hampdens were sent out the the marshalling yards at Posen (M.509). None of these arrived at the target.
    According to the Form E Summaries, 5 Hampdens were detailed to attack M.509, however.
    According to the Squadron ORB's 3 Hampdens of 44 and 2 of 144 Sqdn were involved. L4042 of 44 Sqdn was the only one which bombed targets in Poland. This Hampden jetttisoned the bombs at a marshalling yard of an unidentified town in Prussia and dropped nickels between Danzig and the river Vistula.

    61 Sqdn didn't sent out Hampdens this night, their attack on targets in Poland was one night later on 11th/12th November 1940.

    Regards,
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    Ooops, thanks for pointing out my error Hans.
    Alan.

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