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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15885
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:44 Squadron Royal Air Force (44 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4171
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Broichweiden, Würselen, near Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden L4171 (KM-Z) 44 squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from a combat operation on the night of 23-24 May 1940. All four crew on board were killed. According to the official Air Ministry file on the incident (File AIR 81/525): "Hampden L4171 crashed at Aachen, Germany, 24 May 1940. Corporal W Crook, Sergeant H G Collins, Pilot Officer D C Barker, Acting Squadron Leader C E Johnson - report of deaths".

The aircraft took off from RAF Waddington for operations against communications and rail networks in Germany in support of the BEF (British Expeditionary Force). It was hit by flak/AAA and crashed at Broichweiden, Würselen, near Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany (at approximate Coordinates: 50°49'30 "N, 6°9' 56"E). All of the four crew were killed and were buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.

Squadron Leader (37290) Charles Edward Johnson (pilot) RAF - killed.
Pilot Officer (42043) David Conquest Barker (pilot, aged 19) RAF - killed.
Sgt (517528) Harold George Collins (observer, aged 26) RAF - killed.
Corporal (532528) William Crook (Wireless/Op/Air Gunner, aged 23) RAF - killed.


1. Air-Britain: Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/525:

Revision history:

16-Mar-2008 12:03 JINX Added
01-Jun-2013 16:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jul-2013 05:37 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source]
27-Nov-2014 16:21 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
11-Jun-2017 13:03 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location]
23-Dec-2017 17:56 Nepa Updated [Operator]
29-Jun-2018 19:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
10-Aug-2019 23:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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