Accident Handley Page Hampden Mk I P1185,
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Date:Saturday 1 August 1942
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:14 OTU RAF
Registration: P1185
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Leffinge, Middelkerke, West Flanders -   Belgium
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Cottesmore, Oakham, Rutland
Destination airport:RAF Cottesmore, Rutland
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P1185 (GL-B) of 14 OTU RAF. Lost on combat operations on 1/8/1942. Missing on raid to Düsseldorf in Germany. Took off from RAF Cottesmore, Rutland at 00:03 hrs. The aircraft crashed near the coastal municipality of Leffinge, Middelkerke, West Flanders, Belgium (at approximate co ordinates 51°11′N 2°53′E).
Probably, it was shot down by night fighter pilot Hauptmann Dr. Horst Patuschka of the 7./NJG 2, who was flying a Ju 88 C-6 from Gilze-Rijen airfield in the Netherlands.

Three crew members were killed: two Canadians - the observer, Pilot Officer David G. McLean and the radio operator/air gunner, Flight Sgt George T. Bloomer - as well as a nineteen-year-old Australian, Sgt Sydney Shailer. The third Canadian on board, the pilot Sgt N.E. McGowan, was taken prisoner of war:

J/9506: Pilot Officer David Gerald McLean RCAF (pilot) - KIA body recovered for burial
Flight Sgt N.E. McGowan RCAF (observer/navigator) - survived, captured, taken as POW
R/8157: Flight Sgt George Taylor Bloomer RCAF (Wireless Op/Air Gunner) - KIA body recovered for burial
411406: Sgt Sydney Alan Shailer RAAF (Air Gunner, aged 19) - KIA body recovered for burial

The three crew fatalities were buried at Adegen Canadian War Cemetery, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium


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Revision history:

09-Jul-2013 05:23 JINX Added
11-Aug-2018 16:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Oct-2018 14:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
13-May-2020 11:39 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2022 10:03 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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