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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 226117
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Date:01-MAY-1940
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Squadron Royal Air Force (61 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4119
MSN: QR-F
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Croxton Kerrial, 6.6 miles SW of Grantham, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 L4119 (QR-F) 61 Squadron, RAF: Lost on combat operations when crashed at Croxton Kerrial, 6.6 miles (10.6 km) south-west of Grantham, Lincolnshire (on the Lincolnshire/Leicestershire borders, at approximate co ordinates 52.856625N 0.758997W) on return from an operational flight, 1 May 1940.

The Hampden had taken off from RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire, with the target being Aalborg, Denmark. Aircraft flew into the ground in poor visibility, and all four crew were killed

Crew of Hampden L4119
Flying Officer Charles William Glover (Pilot, Service Number 39659, aged 27) - killed in action; buried Harpswell (St. Chads) Churchyard, Lincolnshire
Pilot Officer Jack Ernest Anthony Friend (2nd Pilot, Service Number 40818) - killed in action; buried Stradishall (St. Margarets) Churchyard, Stradishall, Suffolk
Sergeant Charles Frost (Observer, Service Number 580650) - killed in action; buried Birkenhead (Flaybrick Hill) Cemetery, Birkenhead, Liverpool
Aircraftman 1st Class John Bell Greenall (Wireless Op./Air Gunner, Service Number 547006, aged 22) - killed in action; buried Darlington North Cemetery, Darlington, County Durham

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-L9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 23)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/187: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14142012
3. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/24966-L41191940-05-01.html
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croxton_Kerrial
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2417748/glover,-charles-william/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2721229/friend,-jack-ernest-anthony/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1525805/frost,-charles/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2837790/greenall,-john-bell/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jun-2019 23:52 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Jun-2019 02:39 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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