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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15780
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:26-JUL-1940
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:83 Squadron Royal Air Force (83 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4094
MSN: OL-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Fluren, 4 km NW of Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Scampton
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4094 (OL-R) of 83 Squadron, RAF Scampton: Lost on combat operations on night of 26/7/1940. Crashed on mission to attack targets along Dortmund-Ems Canal. Aircraft came down Near Fluren, 4 km North West of Wesel, Nordrhein-Westfalen. Three of the four crew on board were killed, one survived to be taken PoW

Crew:
Pilot: Pilot Officer 40767 William Oliver Digby Tweddell DFC (Canadian, aged 21) RAF killed.
Pilot: Sgt 590727 Geoffrey Wyatt Jones (aged 24) RAF killed.
Observer: Sgt 580075 Douglas George John Townsend (aged 23) RAF killed.
W/Op Air gunner: Sgt 551573 P.J. Tointon RAF PoW 197.

All three crew lost were buried in the Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.

Sources:

1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2046567/tweddell,-william-oliver-digby/
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2055932/jones,-geoffrey-wyatt/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2046504/townsend,-douglas-george-john/
5. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/23845-L40941940-07-26.html
6. http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2046567
7. https://www.ordinarycrew.co.uk/bomber-command-losses
8. Flight Magazine September 5 1940 page 194: http://www.skynet.ie/~dan/war/flightsa/Flight_AS1940-2.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Mar-2008 15:18 JINX Added
13-Mar-2008 15:37 JINX Updated
23-Jun-2008 20:30 JINX Updated
23-Jan-2012 04:37 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
08-Jul-2013 05:40 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Narrative]
11-Jun-2017 13:16 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Source]
11-Jun-2017 13:37 Anon. Updated [Source]
30-Jun-2018 20:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Nov-2018 12:06 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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