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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200446
Last updated: 21 May 2019
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Date:06-JAN-1942
Time:07:00
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:49 Squadron Royal Air Force (49 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AD896
C/n / msn: EA-M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Middle Street, South Carlton, West Lindsay, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
At 07:00 on the morning of Tuesday 6th January 1942, Hampden AD896 EA-M (M-Mother), approached Scampton to land after night training. As the aircraft passed over the small hamlet of South Carlton, one of the engines suddenly cut out. The aircraft stalled then fell into Middle Street killing two of the crew including the pilot, Sgt Geoffrey West. Also killed in this tragic accident was wireless operator, Sgt George Atkins.

Fortunately there were no civilian casualties in the village. It cannot be established if these were the only two airmen aboard the aircraft that fatal morning.

Known crew:
1152156: Sgt Geoffrey Llewellyn West (pilot, aged 21) - KIA body recovered for burial
1210043: Sgt George Atkins (Wireless Op/Air Gunner, aged 21) - KIA body recovered for burial

Sgt. West was buried at West Norwood Cemetery, Croydon, Surrey; Sgt Atkins was buried at Brandwood End Cemetery, Birmingham. South Carlton is a village and civil parish in the West Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, England. It is situated on the B1398 road, approximately 2 miles (3 km) north from the city and county town of Lincoln, at approximate co ordinates: 53.274420N 0.566105W.

Sources:

1. http://www.49squadron.co.uk/personnel_index/detail/West_GL
2. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2429409/west,-geoffrey-llewellyn/
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2449302/atkins,-george-thomas/
4. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1942-incident-logs
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Carlton


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Oct-2017 16:35 Red Dragon Added
25-Dec-2017 08:50 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport]
25-Dec-2017 08:50 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport]
07-Aug-2018 00:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2018 04:51 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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