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    Default 1407 Met Hampden AD798; late spring 1943

    Hampden AD798 of 1407 Met Flight took off from Reykjavik for an air test on an unspecified date in the spring of 1943. When the aircraft developed an apparently uncontrollable yaw the pilot ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. They did, but the pilot subsequently landed the Hampden in one piece. It never flew again.

    I'd b grateful if anyone could provide a date for the incident, possible time-frame April - June.

    Brian

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    Hello,

    Both the previous incidents appear to have been due to the "stabilised yaw" phenomenon which is dealt with in (Part) 5F. Another such incident occurred to AD798 of 1407 Met Flight when Flying Officer Park struggled to gain control of his Hampden as it wallowed earthwards in a typical stabilised yaw. He ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft but, soon after they departed managed to get the aircraft back under control and landed safely at Reykavik where 1407 Flight was based. F/O Ludlow and P/O Johnson landed safely but LAC Dixon broke a leg as he hit the ground; they all had good reason to be thankful that it had happened in midsummer as Iceland is not many miles from the Arctic Circle. (p.154)

    5F LOSS OF CONTROL - STABILISED YAW

    Another Hampden yaw incident that happened in distant parts was to AD798 of 1407 Met Flight when it was based at Reykjavik in Iceland on 4 June 1943. On this occcasion the pilot, Flying Officer Park, lost control of the aircraft "when it developed a stabilised yaw"and fearing the worst ordered his three crew to abandon the aircraft. (p.167)

    See:
    The Hampden File
    Moyle,Harry.
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain,1989.
    pp.154 & 167.

    Col.
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    Brian

    The AB Hampden File under 'Part 5 - Incidents', has section 5E titled 'Loss of Control - Stabilised Yaw' which records some of the aircraft lost due to that phenomenon, including AD798 on page 167.

    The date was June 4th 1943, and the pilot was F/O Park. Elsewhere in the book (Section 5A - 'Escapes by Parachute', page 154) it names the other crew as F/O Ludlow and P/O Johnson who landed safely, and LAC Dixon, who broke a leg.

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    Many thanks Simon. I don't know if it is a typo in your #3 above, but it wasn't F/O Ludlow, but a newly arrived forecaster, F/O Frank Ludlam. The incident was witnessed by the Station Navigation Officer, S/L George Gray DFC AFC, who had this to say about Ludlam:

    We gather later in the bar to hear his story, as he told it. In some panic, he hooked his chest pack on, but accidentally caught the rip-cord handle on a projection and the canopy ballooned open in the aircraft. His story ended briefly and laconically: "I gathered all the silk in my arms and fell out!".

    Ludlam was actually Dr F H Ludlam, an eminent meteorologist who became Professor of Meteorology at Imperial College, UCL in 1965. He died of multiple sclerosis, aged 57.

    Brian

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    Hello,

    Didn't think to take a look at "Even The Birds Were Walking" (p.151) first. I would have corrected Harry Moyle's slip-up on Ludlam.

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    Brian

    The AB Hampden File has 'Ludlow', so thanks for the correction.

    Regards

    Simon

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