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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15823
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4121
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, Between Helgoland & Wangerooge, Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Airborne 06:40 on mission to bomb German ships moored at Heligoland. Eleven Hampdens were sent in two formations: the first six attacked two destroyers, but missed the target, the second wave of five Hampdens were intercepted by Bf. 109s that were now over the target and were waiting and ready. All five Hampdens in the second wave were shot down. Of the 20 crew in five aircraft (four per aircraft) 16 were killed, and 4 were captured and taken as PoWs

L4121 was intercepted & shot down by Bf.109 flown by Oblt Gunther Specht of 1./ZG26 into sea between German islands of Heligoland & Wangerooge.
Flying Officer John Tulloch Burrill Sadler (pilot, Australian, aged 24 Service Number 40061) RAF - killed.
Sgt (580200) R.L. Galloway RAF (Service Number 580200) - Captured, became PoW 5760.
Sgt. William Henry Stephens (Service Number 580680, aged 20) RAF - killed.
AC.1 James White Cumming (Air Gunner, aged 22, Service Number 523342) RAF - killed.

The three crew fatalities are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Post-war, Sgt Galloway was appointed MBE (Member of the British Empire) on 7 January 1947


1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/87:
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Revision history:

14-Mar-2008 21:19 JINX Added
22-Jun-2008 15:07 JINX Updated
17-Aug-2011 04:02 Uli Elch Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2013 16:48 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
07-Jul-2013 16:53 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source]
27-Nov-2014 15:55 Fuxs Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Apr-2018 17:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-Apr-2018 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
01-Jun-2019 20:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
06-Jun-2019 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2019 20:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]

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