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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229259
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:44 Squadron Royal Air Force (44 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P1325
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lestrem, near Le Paradis (Pas de Calais), 8 km N of Béthune -   France
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P1325 (KM-B) 44 Sqaudron, RAF: Written off when lost (Failed to Return) from combat operations over Northern France. All four crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incidnet (File AIR 81/861): "Hampden P1325 crashed near Calais, France, 12 June 1940. Sergeant W Jeffrey, Sergeant J F Sandall, Sergeant C L Sumpster and Temporary Sergeant J Simpson: report of deaths".

Airborne from RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire on the night of 11-12 June 1940. Crashed at Lestrem, near Le Paradis (Pas de Calais), 8 km N of Béthune, France. No survivors among the crew of four.

Crew of Hampden P1325:
Flight Sergeant (Pilot) Cyril L. Sumpster, RAF 564422, age 26, killed in action 12/06/1940
Sergeant (Pilot) William Jeffrey, RAF 564866, age 27, killed in action 12/06/1940
Sergeant Jack F. Sandall, RAF 516159, age 28, killed in action 12/06/1940
Sergeant James Simpson, RAF 526079, age 25, killed in action 12/06/1940,

All four crew fatalities were buried at Le Paradis War Cemetery, Lestrem, Pas de Calais, France. The reported crash location of Lestrem is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Hauts-de-France region of France, some 8 miles (12.9 km) north of Béthune and 19 miles (30.6 km) west of Lille, by the banks of the Lawe River, at approximate Coordinates: 50°37′23″N 2°41′09″E


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley Air Britain, 1978 p 7)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/861:

Revision history:

23-Sep-2019 18:11 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Sep-2019 13:13 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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