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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15886
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4172
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sechtem, Bornheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 L4172 (PL-L) of 144 Squadron, RAF. Written off (destroyed) when lost (failed to return) from combat operations on the night of 25-26 May 1940. Three of the four crew were killed, one survived to be captured and taken as a PoW. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/8575): "Hampden L4172 crashed at Sechtem, Germany, 25/26 May 1940. Temporary Warrant Officer A E Jones - uninjured. Sergeant J A Smyth, Sergeant C Woodhouse and Corporal T Baybutt - report of deaths".

Shot down by flak/AAA, on sortie to attack rail communications in tactical support of BEF (British Expeditionary Force) on the night of 26/5/1940 in the Koln area. Aircraft came down at Sechtem, Bornheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, at approximate co ordinates: 5047'25 "N, 657'11"E.

Crew of Hampden L4172:
Sgt (580078) A.E. Jones (pilot) RAF: Survived, reportedly uninjured, captured, taken as PoW. Interned in PoW Camps 8B and Stalg Luft 1, as PoW No.13047.
Sgt (565748) John Alexander Smyth (pilot) RAF - killed in action 26/05/40.
Sgt (526291) Colin Woodhouse (Observer) RAF - killed in action 26/05/40.
Corporal (551819) Thomas Baybutt (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) RAF - killed in action 26/05/40.

All four crew fatalities were buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/575:
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Revision history:

16-Mar-2008 12:15 JINX Added
01-Jun-2013 16:49 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Jul-2013 05:38 JINX Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Nov-2014 16:00 Tu144 Updated [Operator, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2016 15:54 Red Dragon Updated [Cn, Location]
29-Jun-2018 19:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2018 05:33 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
16-Aug-2019 00:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2019 00:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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