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    Hi all, I have a note that this subject was treated on another forum somewhere by Rob Davis but I can't find it. I have searched the old and new forums here and nothing turns up. The transfer of 32 planes is also mentioned in 455 and 144 squadron histories.

    F/O William Henry Bowler (J/7210), RCAF, of 144 Squadron was lost on 4 Sep 1942 and is buried in Kvieberg, Sweden. He might have been part of a flight of Hampdens en route to Afrikande, Russia, nine of which were lost in crashes due to weather. Can anyone confirm and provide details? There is a lot about this online re: the discovery of one of an aircraft (or two) in 1976, restorations and all that but it's a bit muddled on the actual plane(s) involved and I have nothing to definitively connect him to this event.

    And for those keeping track, yes he is one of the boys of Malvern High.
    David

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    Hi David,

    04/09/42
    144 Sqn
    Hampden I
    AE436
    PL-J

    P/O D I Evans (Interned)
    P/O W H Bowler RCAF
    Sgt J S Jewett RCAF
    Sgt J Campbell RCAF
    Cpl B J Sowerby (Interned)

    Transit, RAF Sumburgh, Time Up 21:00 hrs

    Flew into Tsatsa Mountain, Kvikkjokk, Sweden, due to icing and engine problems. The wreckage of the Hampden was located in 1976 and the bodies of the crew recovered for burial in Kviberg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Sweden.

    Permission was given in April 2003 for this aircraft to be recovered.

    One of 9 Hampden losses on this transit.

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    Perfect, thanks again, Ross. I will look for the info on the restoration, unless someone has a link to a site they can pass along.
    David

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    Hello,

    I look on google typing the following Tsatsa mountains Kvikkjokk Hampden and received one hit

    kalevikconsult.com/tsatsa_eng.htm

    title : Raf bomber forced to land on mountain Tsatsa in september 1942

    Hoping it is of some help

    Besr regards

    Rene

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    Default link appears to be dead

    Thanks Rene, there's an extra 'c' in your link, however. It should be:

    kalevikonsult.com/tsatsa_eng.htm
    David

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