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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202799
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:76 Squadron Royal Air Force (76 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P1267
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Horsenden Manor, Princes Risborough, 6 miles SSW of Aylesbury, Bucks -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
From the outbreak of World War II up to 8 April 1940, 76 Sqn RAF was based at RAF Upper Heyford and performed an operational training role as Group Pool Squadron. In the afternoon of 11 December 1939, the 22-year old Canadian Plt Off Charles Douglas Stevens of this squadron did his first solo flight in a Hampden. He carried out solo circuits and landings in Hampden I P1267 but then became lost, and in the failing light, crashed into a tree at Horsenden Manor, Princes Risborough, 6 miles South-South-West of Aylesbury, Buckingshamshire. The machine was a total wreck and the pilot was killed. This was the first fatal accident of the squadron in the two years and nine months since re-forming at RAF Finningley on 12 April 1937. Stevens was also the first Novan Scotian to die overseas during the war. He is buried in the Uxbridge cemetery.


1. "Bomber Command losses, vol 1. Aircraft and Crews lost during 1939-1940", by W R Chorley, ISBN 0-904597-85-7
2. "Through Footless Halls of Air: The Stories of a Few of the Many who Failed to Return", by Floyd Williston. ISBN 1-896182-44-5

Revision history:

11-Dec-2017 08:56 Laurent Rizzotti Added
28-Apr-2018 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2018 22:18 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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