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Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Date:29-SEP-1939
Time:10:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4126
MSN: PL-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sea, Between Helgoland & Wangerooge, Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Airborne 06:40 on mission to bomb German ships moored at Heligoland. Eleven Hampdens were sent in two formations: the first six attacked two destroyers, but missed the target, the second wave of five Hampdens were intercepted by Bf. 109s that were now over the target and were waiting and ready. All five Hampdens in the second wave were shot down. Of the 20 crew in five aircraft (four per aircraft) 16 were killed, and 4 were captured and taken as PoWs

L4126 was intercepted & shot down by Bf.109 flown by Oblt Gunther Specht of 1./ZG26 into sea between German islands of Heligoland & Wangerooge, off the Frisian Islands in Lower Saxony, Germany. Note that the official file on the incident (Air Ministry File AIR 81/84) gives the details as "Hampden L4126 shot down and crashed into the sea off St Peter, near Tonning, Holstein, 29 September 1939"

Crew of Hampden L4126:
Flying Officer R D Baughan (Pilot, Service Number 37922) - survived, captured, taken as POW
Sergeant Nigel Miller Kirkus (Service Number 563852, aged 27) - killed in action
Sergeant Herbert Harold Turner (Service Number 508292, aged 30) - killed in action
Aircraftman 1st Class J Anthony (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 534149, aged 23) - killed in action

The three crew fatalities are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/84: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141906
3. http://www.626-squadron.co.uk/willem4.htm
4. http://aircrewremembered.com/coste-gonga.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1802828/kirkus,-nigel-miller/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1809126/turner,-herbert-harold/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2199723/anthony,-john/
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jun-2019 20:33 Dr. John Smith Added
03-Jun-2019 09:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Jun-2019 23:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2019 23:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2019 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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