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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53903
Last updated: 17 November 2021
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Date:27-JUN-1940
Time:04:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Squadron Royal Air Force (50 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P1329
MSN: VN-T
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 25 km west of Noordwijk, Zuid-Holland -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Aircraft was one of seven aircraft detailed to bomb Hannover-Langenhagen airfield. At 03.26 hours the aircraft sent a SOS message "Returning on one engine" with parts of message unreadable. At 03.59 hours a further message was received "Going Down". A fix taken at this time estimated its position as 15 miles East of Amsterdam at 53"20' N, 04"05' E. However the fix was second class so the aircraft may have crashed in enemy territory. One source gives the crash location as in the North Sea, 25 km west of Noordwijk, Netherlands. The fact that the bodies of some crew members were washed ashore gives credence to the "crashed into the North Sea" report.

All four crew perished:

Wing Commander N.D. Crockart (Pilot, age 31, Commanding Officer No. 50 Squadron, Service Number 32155): Killed in action 27/06/1940, Body Washed up near Callantsoog
Flight Sgt William Thomas Joseph Southey (Service Number 514566, aged 27): posted 27/06/1940 as missing, presumed killed in action. As no trace of him was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial
Sgt. Allen John Dennis Ingham (Service Number 580958): killedin action 27/06/1940, Body Washed up Denmark 27/07/1940. Buried Norre Havrvig Churchyard
Sgt. Edward Howard MacKenzie Turner (Service Number 614601,aged 21) - posted 27/06/1940 as missing, presumed killed in action. As no trace of him was ever found, he is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

The next day [27/06/1940] six Blenheims of 235 Squadron searched a 20 x 20 square mile area at 52.40N, 04.20 for survivors. No one was found.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1978)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/998: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14502449
3. https://verliesregister.studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/rs.php?aircraft=&sglo=T0734&date=&location=&pn=&unit=&name=&cemetry=&airforce=&target=&area=&airfield=
4. Casualty confirmation is from the No. 50 and 61 Association Roll of Honour document; crew list and event details from 50 Sq ORB, RAF Form 540/ 541, National Archives Kew.
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2620109/crockart,-norman-david/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1807689/southey,-william-thomas-joseph/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2271292/ingram,-allen-john-dennis/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1809118/turner,-eric-howard-mckenzie/
9. http://www.epibreren.com/ww2/raf/50_squadron.html#262706


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
20-Sep-2012 23:22 al tocock Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2012 01:30 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport]
11-Dec-2017 13:40 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Aircraft type]
29-Jun-2018 20:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 18:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
24-Jun-2019 17:54 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Oct-2019 23:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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