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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53316
Last updated: 18 September 2019
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Time:01:17 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:61 Squadron Royal Air Force (61 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AD937
C/n / msn: QR-G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Houthem (Valkenburg) and Meerssen, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I AD937 (QR-G) of 61 Squadron, RAF. Lost on combat operations on night of 7-8/7/1941. Target: Monchengladbach. Took off from RAF Hemswell at 23:00 hours on the evening of 7/7/1941. Shot down by a night-fighter (Oberleutnant Reinhold Knacke of the 2./NJG 1, who was flying a Bf 110 from Venlo airfield) and crashed 01:17 hours on 8/7/1941 at Houthem-Meersen (Limburg), 6 km North East of Maastricht, Holland. (At approximate Coordinates 5052'N, 548'E). Of the crew of four, three were killed, one survived (albeit injured) to be captured and taken as POW

Pilot: Pilot Officer J.G.N. Braithwaite RAF (87058) - Survived Injured, captured, taken as POW
Co-Pilot: Sgt. Glyndwr Owens RAF (754046, aged 26)
WOp/Air Gunner: Flight Sgt. Raymond Wordsworth RAF (969973, aged 27)
Air Gunner: Sgt.Joseph Frank Walton RAF (908698, aged 25)

Those who died are buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Gelderland, Netherlands


1. W.R. Chorley: Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses of the Second World War 1941 Page 85.
9. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one
10. Google Maps

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
01-May-2016 18:07 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2018 22:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Nov-2018 09:08 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Jul-2019 11:08 TigerTimon Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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