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    Default Hampden AE301 crashed 26-27/8 1941

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    Hampden AE301 crashed 26-27/8 1941 off Hals in Denmark with the loss of three crew members. It was from RAF 106 Sqn and the coding should then be ZN.
    A picture of the wreckage on E-Bay gives the correct serial number AE301 but the code as OF - N or M. Was this aircraft on loan to 106 Squadron when it was lost ?
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    Soren

    AE301 a 5 Group Hampden delivered to 97 Squadron (OF) Coningsby, also the home of 106 Squadron (ZN) at this time. Recorded as being with 106 Squadron on loss date. Possibly a very recent transfer.

    John
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    Thank you John. Could very well be the explanation
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    Soren,
    To amplify what John has written. This was indeed a 97 Squadron Hampden loaned to 106 Sqn. Both units at this time were based on Coningsby airfield. 97 Sqn. (code 'OF' ) was mainly equipped with Avro Manchesters but also had some Hampdens. By 27 August 1941 all their Hampden crews had been posted elsewhere, but they had flown Hampdens operationally (for 97 Squadron) as recently as 19 August 1941. For this night's raid (27 Aug. 1941) they loaned several of these Hampdens to 106 Sqn. and they were flown that night by 106 Sqn. crews. Sadly two of these 97 Sqn. Hampdens crewed by 106 Sqn. were lost that night (AE 301 and AE302). From the 97 Sqn. ORB for August 1941 and 'THE HAMPDEN FILE' by Harry Moyle (page 189).

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    Thank you Martin.
    Is the ORB the place to look for info about transfer of aircrafts between squadrons ?
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    Hi again
    Is it known what the individual code of the aircraft was ?
    From a picture I can see OF and M or N.
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    Soren,

    I cannot make out the individual letter.

    Aircraft transfers between squadrons were very rarely recorded in the Operational Record Books. The best place to find these are the Form 78 Aircraft Record Cards, copies of which are held at the RAF Museum at Hendon.

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    Thank you Martin.
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