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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15703
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:11-AUG-1940
Time:01:30 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:49 Squadron Royal Air Force (49 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4036
MSN: EA-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Homert near Ludenscheid, Märkischer Kreis, North Rhine-Westphalia, -   Germany
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Scampton
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4036 (EA-R) 49 Squadron, RAF Scampton. Lost on combat operations on night of 11/8/1940: Shot down by flak during raid on Dortmund. Aircraft came down at Homert, near Ludenscheid, Märkischer Kreis district, in North Rhine-Westphalia. All four crew killed.

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer 40693 Richard Francis Gower RAF killed.
Navigator:77934 Pilot Officer Edwin Arthur Harris RAFVR killed.
Observer: Sgt 581137 Alfred James Baum RAF killed.
W/Op, Air Gunner: Sgt 751725 Percy William Norman Jelley RAFVR killed.

It was reported the plane was brought down by flak and there were no survivors. The crew were all buried in a local cemetery at LOH Waldfriedhof, Near Ludenscheid, before being reburied in 1947 in the CWGC War Cemetery at Reichswald Forest, Kleve, Germany.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. https://forum.flightradar24.com/threads/4038-Handley-Page-Hampden-which-crashed
3. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/25886-L40361940-08-12.html
4. http://www.leicestershirewarmemorials.co.uk/war/casualty/view/14974
5. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?15518-RAF-Casualty-Packs-1939-45-Public-Access/page3
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2031723/gower,-richard-francis/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2036809/baum,-alfred-james/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2031976/harris,-edwin-arthur/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2055835/jelley,-percy-william-norman/
10. https://www.thameremembers.org/Crosses/pilot-officer-richard-francis-gower/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Mar-2008 15:00 JINX Added
08-Jul-2013 07:33 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2017 13:23 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location]
23-Dec-2017 17:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-Jun-2018 22:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2018 20:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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