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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 200475
Last updated: 21 April 2019
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Date:03-JAN-1942
Time:01:00 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:455 Sqn RAAF
Registration: P5328
C/n / msn: UB-Q
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Folly Farm, Haddenham, 6 miles SW Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Swinderby
Narrative:
Took off from RAF Swinderby at 17.16 hours on the night of 2nd January 1942 to bomb La Rochelle, France. The aircraft completed the mission, and on return to base, it crashed at 01.00 hours on 3rd January at Folly Farm, Haddenham, 6 miles south west of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, bursting into flames on impact.

The wreckage was so scattered that the cause of the crash was never established. All the crew of four were killed. The other three aircraft from the Squadron that took part in the operation returned safely.

Crew:
100090: Pilot Officer Charles Ludwig RAAF (Pilot, aged 30)
400110: Pilot Officer John Lennox Siesel Willox, RAAF (Navigator, aged 26)
1006937: Sgt Joseph Ross Stansfield, (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, aged 30)
404579: Flying Officer Alex MacNaughton Christie RAAF (Air Gunner, aged 26)

PO Ludwig is buried in the Aberdeen (Allenvale) Cemetery, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
PO Willox and FO Christie are buried in the St Michaels (All Angels) Church Yard,
Halton, Buckinghamshire, UK.
Sgt Stansfield is buried in the Calverley (St Wilfrid) Churchyard, Yorks, Yorkshire,
UK.

Sources:

1. Bomber Command Losses 1942
2. 455 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES
3. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/hampden.htm
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2458253/ludwig,-charles/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2706483/willox,-john-lennox-siesel/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2407152/stansfield,-joseph-ross/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2706424/christie,-alec-macnaughton/
8. https://www.backtonormandy.org/the-history/air-force-operations/airplanes-allies-and-axis-lost/hampden/18446-P53281942-01-03.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Oct-2017 20:02 Red Dragon Added
25-Dec-2017 08:50 XindelX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
16-Jul-2018 19:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Nov-2018 22:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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