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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53961
Last updated: 12 November 2021
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Time:01:06 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:44 Squadron Royal Air Force (44 Sqn RAF)
Registration: P4286
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Witte-Weg, Schransmansdreef, Den Hout, 8 km NE of Breda -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P4286 (KM-K) of 44 Squadron, RAF Waddington. Lost on combat operations: took off from Waddington at 01:00 hours to disrupt communications facilities in the Netherlands (Target: Breda). The plane crashed at Witte-Weg, Schransmansdreef, Den Hout, 8 km north east of Breda, Noord-Brabant on the night of 14-15/5/1940. The aircraft was coned by searchlights and hit by Moerdijk-based Flak. All four occupants died in the crash:

Pilot: Flying Officer Leslie James Ashfield (Service Number 40198,aged 22)
Co-Pilot: Pilot Officer Charles Douglas Crawley (Service Number 41380, aged 24)
Observer:Sgt Francis Wallace McKinlay (Service Number 581187, aged 23)
Wireless Op/Air Gunner: Corp. Frank Preston (Service Number 551160, aged 20)

All four crew were eventually buried in Oosterhout Protestant Cemetery


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft P1000-P9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1978 p 24)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/365:
9. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
15-Jul-2015 12:34 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2015 17:52 Faun Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
25-Jun-2018 21:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator]
29-Jun-2018 18:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-May-2019 14:27 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2019 21:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-Mar-2020 12:57 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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