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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209865
Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Date:31-OCT-1939
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Squadron Royal Air Force (50 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4096
MSN: VN-P
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Branston, North Kesteven, near RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4096 ("VN-P"), 50 Squadron, RAF Waddington: Written off (destroyed) 31/10/39 when lost height shortly after night take-off from RAF Waddington, and crashed at Branston, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire (four miles south east of Lincoln). All three crew killed:

Sgt Ralph Sunei Wallace Cordle (Service Number 565161, aged 25) killed
AC.1 Joseph Frank Burge (Service Number 612813, aged 18) killed
AC2 Leonard James Penteny (Service Number 624358, aged 18) killed

Sgt. Cordle is buried at YOXFORD CEMETERY, Suffolk; AC.1 Burge is buried at LIVERPOOL(ANFIELD) CEMETERY, Lancashire; AC.2 Penteny is buried in WADDINGTON (ST. MICHAEL) Churchyard, Lincolnshire

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
2. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939a.htm
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2721305/cordle,-ralph-sunei-wallace/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2411578/burge,-joseph-frank/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2359238/penteny,-leonard-james/
6. 50 Squadron RAF ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) May 1937-December 1940: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C2503122
7. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1939-incident-logs
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Branston,_Lincolnshire
9. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/157580084
10. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/32674326/joseph-frank-burge


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Apr-2018 14:08 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Apr-2018 14:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date]
25-Apr-2018 14:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
31-Oct-2018 14:45 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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