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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 53602
Last updated: 18 July 2019
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Date:10-APR-1941
Time:22:54 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Squadron Royal Air Force (50 Sqn RAF)
Registration: AD789
C/n / msn: VN-Z
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near the Sterrebosweg road, Neer, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lindholme, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Lindholme
Narrative:
10/ 11 April 1941-
NIGHT BOMBING, DUSSELDORF
Nine aircraft departed base around 19.30 hours for Düsseldorf. Four aircraft bombed with varying success due to haze, one made the target, only to find the bomb doors frozen solid, and two more turned back. Two aircraft failed to return from this mission: Hampdens AD789 and AD828 were lost. AD789 was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Hermann Reese of the 2./NJG 1 (flying a Bf 110 D-0 from Venlo airfield) and crashed at 22:54 hours at Sterrebos, near Neer, some 4 km North-North-East of Roermond, Holland. Three of the four crew were killed.
Crew
Pilot: Pilot Officer G.J. Cornish RAF -Survived, captured, taken as POW
Observer: Sgt. John Ratcliffe RAF (Service Number 748372)
WOp/Air Gunner: Sgt. Sidney Reginald Cassey RAF (Service Number 747984)
Air Gunner: Flight Sgt. Richard Albert Royal RAF (Service Number 652894)

All that were killed were buried at JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, GELDERLAND, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in graves 16.F.7, 16.F.4 and 16.F.5 respectively. The fourth crew member, Pilot Officer Geoffrey James CORNISH RAAF survived and was taken POW, being incarcerated in Stalag Luft 3. The three crew that were killed were believed to have been found in the wreckage.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses in the Second World War 1941 Page 40.
2. http://www.nimh.nl/nl/images/1941%20sec_tcm5-7282.pdf
3. http://www.no-50-and-no-61-squadrons-association.co.uk/app/download/5802508903/50+SQUADRON+ORB+1939+1943+Revision+1.pdf
4. https://studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/10-11-04-1941-sglo-t0988-handley-page-hampden-mk-i-ad789-vn/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2646759/ratcliffe,-john/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2645231/cassey,-sidney-reginald/
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2646818/royal,-richard-albert/
8. http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=643747.0
9. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/21/a4389221.shtml
10. https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC56DDV_11-fiets-tocht-langs-crash-sites-leudal?guid=2bd16b05-2124-439a-8580-b9861241572d
11. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Apr-2016 07:12 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2016 14:44 sunnyhill_50@hotmail Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport]
23-Dec-2017 17:17 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Jul-2018 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2018 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 20:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
08-Apr-2019 08:04 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

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