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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53841
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Date:10-AUG-1940
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Squadron Royal Air Force (50 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4382
MSN: VH-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Vlieland, West Frisian Islands -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lindholme, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P4382 (VN-G) of 50 Squadron RAF: lost on combat operations on the night of 9-10/8/40 dueing a flight to Vlieland,West Frisian Islands, Netherlands. According to the 50 Squadron RAF ORB (Air Ministry Form 540):

"10/11 August
HOMBERG
Eleven aircraft took off from around 21:40 hours to bomb the synthetic oil plant at HOMBERG, South West of HAMBURG, including P1317 flown by the Squadron C.O., Wing Commander Golledge. Only five managed to attack the primary target due to weather. That same night, Hampden P4382 was lost on “Active Service”, with the crew Sgt. John Milton Beattie, Pilot Officer George Grant Kingsmill Nolan RAFVR, Sgt. Edward Stanislaws Quinn and Sgt. Frederick Charles Shook missing.

All were later confirmed as killed. The crew were in fact detailed to perform a ‘Practice Flight’ to Vlieland, West Frisian Islands, Holland as they were all inexperienced (Hampden) crew members. They were NOT part of the main raid. The aircraft took off at 21:47 hours (with the main bomber stream) and after receiving the ‘GO’ signal nothing further was heard. Aircraft presumed to have ditched into the North Sea off Vlieland, although for unknown reasons (not claimed by enemy night fighters or AAA/Flak).

Their names are commemorated on the memorial at Runnymede.

Pilot: P/O. G.G.K. Nolan 41727 RAF Runnymede Memorial
Navigator Sgt. F.C. Shook 581534 RAF Runnymede Memorial
W/Op AG Sgt. E.S. Quinn 611465 RAF Runnymede Memorial
W/Op AG Sgt. J.M. Beattie 619827 RAF Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1940%20sec_tcm5-7281.pdf
2. http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons-association.co.uk/app/download/5802508903/50+SQUADRON+ORB+1939+1943+Revision+1.pdf
3. https://studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/10-11-08-1940-sglo-t0773-handley-page-hampden-mk-i-p4382-vn/
4. https://www.arnhem1944themissingones.com/missing-soldiers-in-the-netherlands-1940-1945-allied-german-and-axis/raf-raaf-rcaf-rnzaf-missing/north-sea-1940-march-1941/.
5. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/30326-RAF12588.html
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1077761/nolan,-george-grant-kingsmill/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1807088/shook,-frederick-charles/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2939816/quinn,-edward-stanislaws/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1083639/beattie,-john-milton/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
21-Sep-2012 13:03 AL TOCOCK Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Jun-2018 22:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 19:07 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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