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Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Date:30-MAY-1940
Time:14:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:269 Squadron Royal Air Force (269 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7335
MSN: UA-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HellestÝ Island, West of Stavanger -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wick, Caithness
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Lockheed Hudson Mk.I N7335 (UA-F) 269 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from combat operations 30 May 1940. Three of the four crew were killed, one survived to be taken as a PoW. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/679): "Hudson N7335 failed to return from a reconnaissance flight over Stavanger, Norway, 30 May 1940. Temporary Warrant Officer J H MacKenzie: prisoner of war. Sergeant A A Townsend, Pilot Officer A V N Bartlett and Pilot Officer W N Hammond - report of deaths"

Hudson N7335 took off at 11.15 hrs from RAF Wick, Caithness, Scotland, for a reconnaissance of the Norwegian Coast. Set course for the Norwegian coast, and shot down at 14.30 hrs by Fw R. Menge of 5/JG77 near the battery at HellestÝ Island, west of Stavanger, Norway. Three crew killed, one survived to be taken as a PoW.

Crew of Hudson N7335:
Pilot Officer Albert Victor Norman Bartlett, RAF 78669, age 35, posted 30/05/1940, missing in action presumed dead
Pilot Officer William Newell Hammond, RAF 43136, age 26, posted 30/05/1940, as missing in action, presumed dead
Sergeant Albert Allen Townsend, RAF 580215, age 26, posted 30/05/1940, as missing in action, presumed dead
Leading Aircraftman S. MacKenzie, 524386, survived, captured, taken as a POW; transferred to Stalag 344 (Lamsdorf) as POW no 26883.

As no trace was ever found of Hudson N7335 or the remaining three crew members, they are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft N1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1977 p 46)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/679: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502343
3. Ross McNeill, Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War, Volume 1 (1939-1941)
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1083471/bartlett,-albert-victor-norman/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799254/hammond,-william-newell/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1808958/townsend,-albert-allen/
7. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/269_squadron.html#3005
8. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-lockheed-l-414-hudson-i-stavanger-3-killed
9. http://www.oldhaltonians.co.uk/pages/rememb/ROH/17.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
29-Jun-2011 04:47 ThW Added
02-Mar-2012 08:13 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Narrative]
29-Aug-2019 19:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Aug-2019 12:58 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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