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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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10.04.1941 No. 50 Squadron Hampden I AD830 Sgt. Campbell

Operation: Training

Date: 10th April 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: No. 50 Squadron

Type: Hampden I

Serial: AD830

Code: Not known

Base: RAF Lindholme

Location: Denys Road, Evington, Yorkshire.

Pilot: Sgt. John James Campbell 971123 RAFVR Age 25. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Fl/Sgt. Leslie Albert Carn 743067 RAFVR Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Unknown - survived, injured

Civilian: Mrs. Maud Louisa Harris Age 29


Official report: Hampden AD830, with Sergeant J.J. Campbell as pilot, took off to carry out a general test prior to an operational trip that night. The flight was to have been for about three hours’ duration. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were favourable. The cloud base was about 3,000 feet and visibility was over 5 miles.

Two hours later the aircraft was seen flying at tree-top height near St. Denys’s Road, Evington. After circling for a few minutes it dived lightly and then levelled out. Immediately afterwards the port mainplane struck the roofs of three houses, demolishing the chimney stacks. A woman standing in the back garden of No. 26 St. Denys Road, was killed by falling debris. After hitting the houses it struck high trees about 40 yards distant and the tail unit and part of the bomb compartment were torn off. It then crashed into the adjoining field and distributed itself over a distance of 120 yards, killing the pilot and the first W/Op/Air/Gnr.

Interviewed at the hospital next day the 2nd W/Op/Air/Gnr, who was the sole survivor, said that a short while before the crash they had been flying round the telephone exchange at Uppingham. It was later learned that the pilot had, until two days before, been on leave, staying at St. Denys Road, Evington, with a lady friend, who was a telephonist employed at Uppingham Exchange.’

(To date we have been unable to identify the name of the survivor)

Burial details:

Sgt. John James Campbell. Hatfield Cemetery (Woodhouse) Row DD. Grave 17. Son of James Campbell, and of Rose Campbell, of Mechicore, Dublin, Irish Republic.

Fl/Sgt. Leslie Albert Carn. Southend-On-Sea Cemetery (Sutton Road) Plot R. Grave 12143. No further details - are you able to assist?

Mrs. Maud Louisa Harris. St Denys Church, Evington, Leicester. Wife of George Richard Harris, of 26 Denys Road, Evington.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of the crew with thanks to Barry Jameson for bringing this loss to our attention and sources as quoted below:

KTY 10.09.2016

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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