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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200437
Last updated: 31 October 2019
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Date:03-JAN-1942
Time:19:20 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:106 Squadron Royal Air Force (106 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AT123
C/n / msn: ZN-R
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, off Frisian Islands -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I AT123 (ZN-R) of 106 Squadron, RAF. Took off from RAF Coningsby at 16:50 hrs for a "Gardening" (mine laying) operation off the Frisian Islands, and failed to return. Lost without trace as not heard from after take off.
Over the Frisians, the aircraft was hit by the 6./Marine-Flak-Abteilung 246 battery Terschelling-Ost and crashed into the North Sea.

Crew
102537: Pilot Officer Donald Arthur Howard RAF, DFM (pilot)
J/3271: Flying Officer Alexander James Fraser RCAF (Observer)
1375226: Sgt Albert Harry Gardner RAF (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, aged 26)
636348: Flt Sgt Kenneth McKenzie RAF DFM (aged 20)

Since no trace of the aircraft or its crew were ever found, all four are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

Sources:

1. https://www.backtonormandy.org/component/mtree/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/22384-AT1231942-01-04.html
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1800563/howard,-donald-arthur/
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1270388/fraser,-alexander-james/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1270612/gardner,-albert-harry/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1079509/mckenzie,-kenneth/
6. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35260/page/5025/data.pdf
7. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part two


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Oct-2017 19:59 Red Dragon Added
25-Dec-2017 08:50 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
06-Aug-2018 23:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2018 13:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
31-Oct-2019 19:04 TigerTimon Updated [Date, Time, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2019 19:05 TigerTimon Updated [Narrative]

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