50 Sqdn Hampdens 1941 AE427 Howett, Boreham, Bloomfield & Fewkes

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  1. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    I think the airman on the front table at the end on the right is my father. Have you any idea on time frame Zattlebone?

    What do you think, is it him?

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  2. Zattlebone

    Zattlebone Junior Member

     
  3. AlanW

    AlanW Senior Member

    David,
    This one is a closer match i think. Same type of hairstyle, but different angle.

    I think the airman on the front table at the end on the right is my father. Have you any idea on time frame Zattlebone?

    What do you think, is it him?

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  4. David Layne

    David Layne Well-Known Member

    No Zattlebone and Alan W, I don't think so.

    The flowers appear to be daffodils and narcissus so that should put it in the spring time.
     
  5. Zattlebone

    Zattlebone Junior Member

    Found the following on the CWGC website. Not sure why I didn't think of this before:

    07/11/1941 50 Sqdn. AE427 took off from RAF Swinderby on a Gardening operation in Oslo Fjord (Onions region), Norway. Hit by flak over Oslo fjord. All were killed and buried in OSLO WESTERN CIVIL CEMETERY

    Sergeant JOHN HOWETT (Pilot) ServiceNo:745810 Age:23
    Son of Ernest and Clara Florence Howett, of Nottingham; husband of Ivy Lilian Howett, of Nottingham.
    CWGC - Casualty Details

    Pilot Officer PETER FREDERICK JOSEPH BOREHAM (Obs.) ServiceNo:61042 Age:20
    Son of Adolphe Moulton and Daisy Ethel Boreham, of Sidcup, Kent.
    CWGC - Casualty Details

    Sergeant MENDEL GILBERT BLOOMFIELD (W.Op./Air Gnr.) ServiceNo:945219 Age:21
    Son of Hyman and Hannah Bloomfield. of Sheffield.
    CWGC - Casualty Details

    Sergeant HERBERT WALTER FEWKES (Air Gnr.) Service No:1050516
    Son of Walter Harry Edward and Rose Heleanor Fewkes, of Hyde Park Leeds, Yorkshire.
    CWGC - Casualty Details
    www.lostaircraft.com • Datenbank

    Simon
    Grandson of Sgt J.Howett
     
  6. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    I always understood it to mean "night flying test" however as take off time for the first two was 12.30 and 11.05 that cannot be right but you are correct in your assumption that it was an air test of the radios prior to operations.

    David, not to be contradictory, but I`ve read that it was customary to maintain radio silence during NFT flights. It was not unheard of for a German raider to home in on a group of transmissions and shoot down planes doing an NFT who were particularly verbose.

    Marc
     
  7. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    Simon, these are the best close-ups I`ve ever seen of a Hampden. Many thanks for posting them.

    Marc
     
  8. Zattlebone

    Zattlebone Junior Member

    Simon, these are the best close-ups I`ve ever seen of a Hampden. Many thanks for posting them.

    Marc

    There's a partially restored one here in the UK at Cosford: Hampden-Cosford

    You too have one, at Langley: Hampden-Toronto, but you probably already knew that.

    Interestingly there are quite a lot of Hampden Squadron crew photos on flickr: Hampdens-Flickr

    Simon
     
  9. Son of POW-Escaper

    Son of POW-Escaper Senior Member

    Thanks for the Flickr link, Simon. I had not seen those yet.

    I started researching my late father's story (he was a 144 Sqn Hampden pilot in 1941) in 1986, and met the late Brian Nicholls (the originator of the Cosford Hampden), when the wreckage was still over at East Kirkby.

    And I have contributed funds over the years to the Langley replica (and actually crawled around inside it twice) before a heavy snowfall broke off the wings a couple of years ago. :-( FYI, Langley is a suburb of Vancouver, nowhere near Toronto.

    The closest thing to me (in Hamilton, about 60 km from Toronto) is our wonderful Mynarski Lancaster. I've been sending them money as well, every year since about 1985.

    Marc
     
  10. Netuser

    Netuser New Member

    Simon,
    Hampden AE427 flew over Harlingen in the morning of 5 nov 1941 where a 2.000 lbs bomb hit a school in the centre of Harlingen (Holland). Thirteen people where killed and several houses destroyed. The target was a shipyard, 200 yards away, from where the heavy bomb came down. The are Some pictures of the damage.
     

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