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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157528
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Time:04:56 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P1172
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea -
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell
Hampden Mk.I P1172 ("PL-J" of 144 Sqn., RAF); Missing on raid to Hamburg 6 September 1940. P1172 which one of two 144 Squadron Hampdens to be lost (FTR - Failed To Return) on this operation. (The other was P4378). Lost without trace, all four crew MIA/Presumed KIA. According to station records they went down in the North Sea sometime after 04:56 am on morning of the 6th September 1940. At this time the aircraft reported that it was in difficulties, and requested a bearing for home. That was the last contact from P1172; the signal became fainter, and then ceased.

Crew of P1172:
Pilot: Pilot Officer John Edward Newton Clare (Service Number 33492) - KIA
Sgt Charles Owen Clarke (Service Number 745257, aged 20) - KIA
Sgt Walter.Thomson (Service Number 1066764, aged 20) - KIA
Sgt William Leslie Powell (Service Number 641379, aged 19) - KIA

No bodies of any crew members or any traces of wreckage were ever found. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.


1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-R9999
2. Departed Warriors: The Story of a Family in War By Jenny Murland,

Revision history:

09-Jul-2013 05:17 JINX Added
27-Nov-2014 16:01 Slizack Updated [Operator, Location]
09-Jan-2015 02:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Jul-2018 00:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2018 19:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
17-Oct-2018 05:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
03-Feb-2020 20:08 stehlik49 Updated [Location, Destination airport, Operator]
24-Sep-2020 22:20 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Country, Phase]

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