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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213007
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:08-JUL-1940
Time:23:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Squadron Royal Air Force (61 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4390
MSN: QR-C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bad Bentheim, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P4390 (QR-C), 61 Squadron RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany. Of the four crew, one was killed, and the other three survived to be captured and taken as PoWs. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1040): "Hampden P4390 crashed at Bentheim, Germany, 8 July 1940. Pilot Officer J Eadie: report of death. Sergeant E V Gawith, Sergeant K B Wood and Flight Lieutenant E C S Fewtrell: prisoners of war"

Airborne from RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire on the evening of July 7 1940. Target: Dortmund. Shot down by Flak/AAA and crash landed at Bentheim, Germany. As stated above one of the four crew was killed, and three survived to be captured and taken as PoWs

Crew of Hampden P4390:
Pilot Officer John Eadie (Pilot) RAF 33473, aged 20 - killed in action 08/07/1940, buried at Reicheswald Forest War Cemetery, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Sergeant E V Gawith (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) - survived, captured, taken as a PoW
Sergeant K B Wood (Observer) - survived, captured, taken as a PoW
Flight Lieutenant E C S Fewtrell (Navigator/2nd Pilot) - survived, captured, taken as a PoW

The reported crash location of Bad Bentheim is a "spa" town in Lower Saxony, Germany in the district of Grafschaft Bentheim on the borders of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Netherlands roughly 15 km south of Nordhorn and 20 km northeast of Enschede, at approximate Coordinates: 5218′11″N 0709′35″E

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircrft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1040: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502906
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2031102/eadie,-john/
4. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/24974-P43901940-07-08.html
5. http://aircrewremembered.com/AlliedLossesIncidents/alliedlossesincidents-alpha-list-e-k.html
6. http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons-association.co.uk/history-of-n0-61-squadron/
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Bentheim


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jul-2018 22:54 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Nov-2018 19:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
09-Oct-2019 16:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Oct-2019 16:36 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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