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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229775
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4361
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Russee, SW of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P4361 (PL-Q) 144 Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when lost (Failed to Return) from combat operations over Germany. All four crew killed. According to the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AIR 81/1015): "Hampden P4361 crashed at Russee, Germany, 4 July 1940. Sergeant A I J Nicol, Sergeant P F Bailey, Pilot Officer J H Gilling and Flying Officer E B Lancaster: report of deaths"

Airborne from RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire to bomb targets in the area of Kiel Dockyard. Believed shot down by flak/AAA ground fire, and crashed at Russee, a South Western suburb of Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. No survivors among the crew of four

Crew of Hampden P4361:
Sergeant Andrew Isaac John Nicol (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 543932, aged 21 - killed in action 04/07/1940
Sergeant Percy Fallows Bailey (Wireless Op./Air Gunner) RAF 552072, aged 19 - killed in action 04/07/1940
Pilot Officer Jack Humphrey Gilling (Pilot) RAF 41842, aged 20 - killed in action 04/07/1940
Flying Officer E B Lancaster (Pilot) RAF 40121, aged 26 - killed in action 04/07/1940

All four crew fatalities were buried at Kiel War Cemetery, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J . Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Airchvies (PRO Kew) File Air 81/1016:
8. 144 Squadron RAF ORB (Operations Record Book) July 1940: PRO Kew File AIR 27/980/15:

Revision history:

06-Oct-2019 20:19 Dr. John Smith Added
08-Oct-2019 11:07 juza7 Updated [Operator]

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