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Last updated: 5 August 2020
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Date:24-APR-1940
Time:07:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson Mk I
Owner/operator:224 Squadron Royal Air Force (224 Sqn RAF)
Registration: N7283
C/n / msn: QX-S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near Håkonshella, Bjorøy, Bergen -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Lockheed Hudson Mk.1 N7283 (QX-S) of 224 Squadron, RAF: Lost of combat operations when crashed into the North Sea during a reconnaissance flight and anti submarine patrol over the coast of Norway, 24 April 1940, between Haugesund and Stadlandet. Took off from RAF Leuchars, Fife at 05:04 hours. Some sources state "shot down off Håkonshella, Bergen, Norway (at approximate coordinates: 60°23′58.83″ N, 5°19′2.66″E) at 07:30 by either Fw Ertel or Oblt Pointner of 5/JG 77". All four crew "missing presumed dead".

Crew of Hudson N7283:
Pilot Officer Robert George Meadows Harmston (Pilot, Service Number 41845, aged 19) - Killed in action, body recovered, buried at Bergen (Mollendal) Church Cemetery, grave ref B.3
Flying Officer Anthony Alexander Talbot Bulloch (Service Number 33224, aged 23) - missing presumed dead;
Leading Aircraftman Alfred William Hallam (Wireless Op, Service Number 534748) - missing presumed dead;
Leading Aircraftman Stanley Lane (Air Gunner, Service Number 528628) - missing presumed dead;

As noted above, the body of only one of the four crew was recovered, and is buried in Bergen, Norway; the other three were never found, and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. Coastal Command Losses of the Second World War Vol. 1 by Ross McNeil p 30
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/166: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C14141967
4. 224 Squadron ORB (Air Ministry Form 540) National Archives, PRO Kew (File AIR 27/1385) at http://www.stanwardine.com/malvernww1/ww2/AIR-27_1385_8_Bullock_detail.pdf
5. http://www.stanwardine.com/cgi-bin/malvernww2.pl?id=31
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2186418/harmston,-robert-george-meadows/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1530802/bulloch,-anthony-alexander-talbot/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1799159/hallam,-alfred-william/
9. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/1803043/lane,-stanley/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jun-2019 19:55 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jun-2019 20:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Jun-2019 05:49 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Aug-2020 08:42 Anon. Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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