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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15706
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:26-APR-1940
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:49 Squadron Royal Air Force (49 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4040
MSN: EA-N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Hallig Suderoog and Suderoog Sands, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Montrose, Angus
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 L4040 (EA-N) of 49 Sqaudron RAF: Lost on combat operations on night of 26 April 1940. Hampden L4040 officially listed as "crashed between Hallig Suderoog and Suderoog Sands, off the Schleswig coast, Germany, 25 April 1940". According to the ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) for 49 Squadron for this date:

"25/26 April, 1940; MINELAYING - BALTIC:
This would prove to be the squadron's most costly and saddest night of the war so far; 8 Hampdens fought their way through terrible weather to the now familiar "gardening" areas in Kiel Bay. Only one aircraft dropped "vegetables" (mines) successfully, the remainder failed due to the bad conditions. Returning home the squadron was diverted to Montrose where 4 aircraft landed and a fifth landed at Leuchars. 3 aircraft and crews were missing. The reason why two of the aircraft failed to return will never be known, but the third gained the unenviable distinction of being the first bomber to be shot down by a German night fighter (Bf.109?) and crashed Near Hornum, Schleswig-Holstein, Nordfriesland, at approximate Coordinates: 5445′27″N 817′15″E

Crew:
Pilot: Flying Officer 39090 David White RAF (Service Number 39090, aged 24) killed.
Pilot: Sgt 518847 Ninian Lewis Jones RAF (Service Number 518847, aged 24) killed.
Observer: Sgt Percy Joseph Hurst RAF (Service Number 525267, aged 27) killed.
W/op Air Gunner: L.A/C Norman Hornsby RAF (Service Number 551285, aged 19) killed.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 23)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) Fire AIR 81/174: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141975
3. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/25910-L40401940-04-26.html
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2201128/white,-david/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2200376/jones,-ninian-lewis/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2200334/hurst,-percy-joseph/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2200311/hornsby,-norman/
8. http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personnel_index/detail/White_D


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Mar-2008 15:43 JINX Added
17-Jun-2013 17:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]
07-Jul-2013 21:07 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source]
02-Feb-2015 16:57 Victor III Updated [Operator]
25-Jun-2018 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2018 21:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
07-Aug-2018 00:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
28-Oct-2018 20:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Jun-2019 23:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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