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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228841
Last updated: 15 November 2021
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Date:06-JUN-1940
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:83 Squadron Royal Air Force (83 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P1348
MSN: OL-A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barnkrug on the West bank of the River Elbe, 9 km North of Stade -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.1 P1348 (OL-A) 83 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off (presumed destroyed) when lost (Failed To Return) from combat operations over Germany on the night of 5-6 June 1940. All four crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/782): "Hampden P1348, crashed at Barnkrug near Stade, Germany, 5/6 June 1940. Sergeant E H Paul, Sergeant L L Kerr, Sergeant R Eadie and Squadron Leader D B D Field: report of deaths"

Airborne from RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire (Target: Hamburg). Shot down by Flak/AAA and crashed at Barnkrug on the West bank of the River Elbe, 9 km North of Stade, Germany. No survivors, all four crew killed

Crew of Hampden P1348:
Squadron Leader (Pilot) Denys Brian Douglas Field, RAF 26158, age 29, killed in action 06/06/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) Eric Howard Paul, RAF 565282, age 26, killed in action 06/06/1940
Sergeant (Observer) Lachlan Livingstone Kerr, RAF 581286, age 22, killed in action 06/06/1940
Sergeant (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) Robert Eadie, RAF 550790, age 21, killed in action 06/06/1940

All four crew fatalities were buried at Becklingen War Cemetery, Niedersachsen, Germany. The reported crash location of Barnkrug is on the West bank of the River Elbe, 9 km North of Stade, Lower Saxony, Germany

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 7)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/782: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502453
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2107613/field,-denys-brian-douglas/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2389627/paul,-eric-howard/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2199262/kerr,-lachlan-livingstone/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2107540/eadie,-robert/
7. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/83_squadron.html#050606
8. https://archiv-akh.de/filme/589 - Footage from Flak. Reg. 6 showing recovery of the crashed bomber, with time stamp 10:33:38 showing the serial.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Sep-2019 23:35 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Sep-2019 20:05 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
26-Oct-2021 14:15 Anon. Updated [Source]

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