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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 52942
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:185 Squadron Royal Air Force (185 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4192
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maltby Lane End, Maltby, Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Thornaby, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Thornaby
Hampden L4192 was built to contract 549267/36 by Handley Page at Radlett and delivered to 185 Squadron in June 1939. On 18th August 1939 the pilot of this aircraft was undertaking his first solo on the Hampden and the aircraft took off from Thornaby. It dived into the ground from 300 feet soon afterwards at Maltby Lane End (or Raper's Farm as is quoted elsewhere). The aircraft was destroyed and the pilot, who was flying solo, was sadly killed. Rapers Farm is not shown on modern maps and could relate to the owner's surname rather than the farm name.

According to a contemporary report in "Flight International" (August 24 1939 page 181 - see link #2):

"P/O Reginald Raymond Harper lost his life in an accident which occurred in Yorkshire, on August 18, to an aircraft of No. 185 Squadron. P/O Harper was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft."

In Ian Pearce's book "Lost on Easby Moor, the last flight of Hudson NR-E", he quotes a number of letters of one of the crew of the Hudson, Norman Drury, killed on that night. One such letter makes mention to this Hampden crash and he stated...

"I saw a Hampden bomber crash about a quarter mile from the aerodrome last Friday. The tanks blew up when it hit the ground and although it's an all-metal machine it was reduced to ashes in a very short while. There was only one chap in it."

Pilot - P/O Reginald R Harper RAF, aged 23, initially of The Argentine. Burial location not known.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
09-Jan-2015 01:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jan-2015 01:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Feb-2015 15:08 Apen Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
01-Apr-2018 15:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2018 15:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]
10-Nov-2018 22:12 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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