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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225980
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4163
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 L4163 (PL-E) of 144 Squadron, RAF: Officially listed as "Hampden L4163 failed to gain height and clear a cottage at the end of the runway, Hemswell, Lincolnshire, 17 April 1940". Aircraft was taking off at 22:35 hours for a "Gardening" (Minelaying) sortie off the Frisian Islands, Lower Saxony, Germany. Aircraft caught fire on impact with the cottage, and all four crew were killed. The civilian family in the cottage was unhurt.

Crew of Hampden L4163:
Sergeant James Windsor (Pilot, Service Number 580294, aged 22); buried Harpswell (St. Chads) Church, Lincolnshire, Row C. Grave 2.
Sergeant Robert Frederick Carter (Service Number 563527, aged 27); buried Wingate (Deaf Hill) Cemetery, Wingate, County Durham
Sergeant William Cuthbert (Observer, Service Number 516395, aged 27); buried Dumfermilne Cemetery, Dumfermilne, Fife, Eastern Division. Grave 6932
Aircraftman 1st Class David Burnside (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, Service Number 551796, aged 19); buried Harpswell (St. Chads) Church, Lincolnshire Row C. Grave 1.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 23)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/152:

Revision history:

09-Jun-2019 21:53 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jun-2019 05:27 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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