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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53798
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Time:00:45 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:144 Squadron Royal Air Force (144 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4370
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Nuth and Wijnandsrade/Laar, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P4370 (PL-L) of 144 Squadron, RAF. Lost on combat operations on night of 2-3/9/1940. Took off from RAF Hemswell at 21.52 hours for an operation to Ludwigshafen am Rhein in Germany. Crashed at 00:45 hours on the morning of 3/9/1940 after being coned by searchlights & attacked by night fighter pilot Feldwebel Paul Gildner of the 3./NJG 1, who was probably flying a Bf 109.
Aircraft came down between Nuth and Wijnandsrade/Laar, Limburg, Netherlands. Two of the crew of four were killed, the other two survived to be taken PoW:

Pilot: P/O R.S.A Churchill 41255 RAF Survived, taken POW
Observer P/O I.C. Kirk 42714 RAF Survived, taken POW
W/Op AG Sgt. A.E. Walker 615619 RAF Maastricht
Air gunner Sgt. A.C.H Edmeads 751841 RAF Maastricht

The two crew fatalities were buried at Maastricht General Cemetary


1. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one
3. Archived from Lost Bombers site:

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-Jul-2018 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2018 05:35 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Apr-2020 13:47 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]

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