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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225975
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Time:04:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:83 Squadron Royal Air Force (83 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea (Target: Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony) -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Manston, Kent
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 L4152 (OL-S) of 83 Squadron, RAF: Took off from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire at 19:45 hours for a "Gardening" (Minelaying) sortie off the Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony, Germany. Officially posted as "Hampden L4152 failed to return from air operations, 15 April 1940". They sent a distress call at 04:00, but trying to home in on RAF Manston, Kent, they never arrived. All four crew posted as "missing presumed dead", and are assumed to have drowned in the North Sea at an unknown location.

Crew of Hampden L4152:
Sergeant Ernest Reginald Clarke, RAF 564585, age 25, 15/04/1940, missing
Leading Aircraftman John Hendrie Edwards, RAF 540912, age unknown, 15/04/1940, missing
Sergeant George Cyril Perry, RAF 581005 (Canada), age unknown, 15/04/1940, missing
Flying Officer Kenneth Richard Hugh Sylvester, RAF 39907, age unknown, 15/04/1940, missing

As no trace of Hampden L4152 or its crew of four was ever found, they are all commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/147:

Revision history:

09-Jun-2019 19:50 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:54 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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