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    Default Survivors of Hampden AE436 crash 4 Sep 1942

    In an earlier thread on this crash, it was pointed out (thanks again, Ross) that two of the five-man crew from 144 Sqn survived: P/O DI Evans and Cpl. BJ Sowerby, both of whom were interned in Sweden.

    Can anyone suggest how I might track them down? Would they have been repatriated fairly quickly? Is there a record of internees who didn't become PoWs?
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    According to "Making for Sweden" they were repatriated very quickly (21st September). This was, in part, due to the story that they told teh Swedes about having escaped from Norway, after their aircraft had crashed there.

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    From
    http://www.conscript-heroes.com/MI9-02.html

    you need to try get your hands on their escape and evasion files:

    3310 860 P/O D J Evans 144 Sqn Hampden Crashed Sareks National Park in Sweden Sept 42 - interned

    3310 861 Cpl B J Sowerby 144 Sqn Hampden Crashed Sareks National Park in Sweden Sept 42 - interned

    The UK National Archvise references being WO 208/3310
    Reference also:

    http://brew.clients.ch/Index%20WO208.htm

    But that index sheet is not visible yet.

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    This is from a list of the prisoners murdered after the Great Escape:

    400364 S/L James Catanach DFC, RAAF, born 28 Nov 1921, 455 Squadron, crash landed in Norway, 6 September 1942, Hampden I AE436 PL:J, recaptured at Flensburg, murdered 29-Mar-44. Cremated at Kiel.

    According to the crew list that Ross gave me in the original thread, Catanach was not on this plane. Can anyone tell me which Hampden he was actually flying?

    Amrit, this may turn up in the book you mentioned or perhaps Ross knows from his files.
    David

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    David,

    I have been following this and earlier threads with great interest. I searched for "Hampden AE436" on Google which resulted in a few hits. One website - 303rd-Talk] WW II Escape Tunnel, Sagan, Germany. Bob Van Pelt bvp6565 at yahoo.com Wed Jun 20 2007 states:

    No 400364 Squadron Leader James Catanach DFC, RAAF, born 28 Nov 1921, 455 Squadron He crash landed in Norway, 6 September 1942 in Hampden Mk I AE436 PL:J and taken PoW. He was part of the mass breakout of Stalag Luft Sagan and was later recaptured in Flensburg and murdered by the Gestapo on 29 March 1944. Cremated at Kiel.

    Can anyone comment on this please as it conflicts with the already known crew of Hampden AE436 of 144 Squadron which crash landed 4 September 1942:-.

    Pilot Officer D. I. Evans (Interned)
    Pilot Officer W. H. Bowler RCAF
    Sergeant J. S. Jewett RCAF
    Sergeant J. Campbell RCAF
    Corporal B. J. Sowerby (Interned)

    Does this mean there may have been two Hampden crashes? I understand the remains of AE436 are at the Lincolnshire Aviation & Heritage Centre, East Kirkby, Lincolnshire under restoration.

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    using the Australian National archives site and then googling he seems to be associated with

    Hampden AT109

    ANDERSON George Robert - (Flight Lieutenant); Service Number - 400316; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Hampden Torpedo AT 109; Place - Germany; Date - 5 September 1942

    CAMERON, Cecil William Francis - (Flight Lieutenant); Service Number - 404632; File type - Casualty - Repatriation; Aircraft - Hampden AT 109; Place - Germany; Date - 5 September 1942
    ANDERSON George Robert - (Flight Lieutenant); Service Number - 400316
    Descriptive note

    In addition to the file subject, the following servicemen are mentioned in this record:
    CATANACH James (Squadron Leader); Service Number 400364 AUS
    CAMERON T (Flight Sergeant); Service Number 404632 AUS
    HAYES J R (Sergeant); Service Number 404462 AUS
    DAVIDSON J D (Flight Sergeant); Service Number 5732 AUS
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    Thanks Dennis, good stuff. And thanks Norman too for your help.
    David

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    Gents,

    All 04/09/42 (note not all the Hampdens lost that day on the transit)

    Regards
    Ross

    Crew of AT109
    S/L J Catanach DFC MID RAAF
    F/O G R Anderson RAAF
    F/Sgt C W F Cameron RAAF
    Sgt J R Hayes RAAF
    F/Sgt J D Davidson RAAF

    Crew of AE436
    P/O D I Evans
    P/O W H Bowler RCAF
    Sgt J S Jewett RCAF
    Sgt J Campbell RCAF
    Cpl B J Sowerby

    Crew of AT138
    Sgt J C R Bray
    Sgt J D Smith
    Sgt G D Kirby
    Sgt R S Otters
    AC2 L Mallinson

    Crew of P1273
    Sgt H L Bertrand
    Sgt K C Smith RCAF
    Sgt K S Piper RCAF
    Sgt E D Blind RCAF
    Cpl G R Desforges

    Crew of P1344
    P/O E H E Perry
    F/Sgt G E Miller RCAF
    Sgt J M Robertson
    Sgt D C Garrity
    Cpl C Shepherd
    Plus possibly AC2 R E Holmes

    Crew of P5304
    Sgt E J Smart RAAF
    Sgt T G Nicholls RAAF
    Sgt L A Biggin
    Sgt J M O Harris RAAF
    Cpl D H Nelson RAAF
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    Thanks very much Ross. This will be a good story, when I get around to writing it.

    P/O Bowler of AE436, as most of you know by now, is one of my Malvern lads.
    David

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    Default Hampden crashes, Sep 1942

    Thank you Dennis
    Thank you Ross
    David, I wait for your story with baited breath!

    Norman

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