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05/06.11.1941 No 144 Squadron Hampden I AE424 P/O. Evans

Operation: Anti Shipping Patrol

Date: 05/06th November 1941 (Wednesday/Thursday)

Unit: No. 144 Squadron

Type: Hampden I

Serial: AE424

Code: PL-?

Base: RAF North Luffenham, Rutland, England.

Location: Probably North Sea off Terschelling.

Pilot: P/O. Llewellyn Newton Evans 65534 RAFVR Age ? Missing

Obs: P/O. Harry Walter 67084 RAFVR Age 21. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Thomas George Miskin 932393 RAFVR Age 30. Missing

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. George Henry Sydney Bennett 1113757 RAFVR Age 20. Missing

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off from RAF North Luffenham in Rutland early evening to attack shipping in the Frisian Islands. Armed with 4 x 500 lb. and 2 x 250 lb. wing bombs. A 11 Hampdens from Bomber Command and some Hudsons from 608 Squadron, Coastal Command were on the operation which were met by both heavy flak and nightfighter patrols from 5./NJG2 who claimed 2 of the 5 aircraft lost.

It is thought probable that AE424 was hit by flak and lost in the North Sea. 144 Squadron lost two other aircraft during this night.
Hampden I AD846 Flown by P/O. D.A. Baker who with another member of the crew were taken PoW. with two others killed. Hit by flak and crashed into the sea of Terschelling.

Hampden I AE253 Flown by 24 year old P/O. Frederick L. Kidd killed with 2 other crew members, 1 being taken PoW. Shot down North of Spiekeroog by Ufz. Heinz Grimm, his 3rd abschüss of the war.

608 Squadron lost Hudson V AM657 Flown by 36 year old W/Cdr. Rupert S. Darbyshire missing with all 3 other crew members.

Hudson V AM642 Flown by Canadian Sgt. Gordon R. Yeates missing with all 3 other crew members.

Runnymede Memorial - photographed during a visit by Aircrew Remembered 2013

Burial details:

P/O. Llewellyn Newton Evans. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 32. Next of kin details not currently available - are you able to assist?

P/O. Harry Walter. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 35. Son of Jonathan David and Harriet Amelia Walter, of Chatham, Kent, England.

Sgt. Thomas George Miskin. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 48. Son of Henry Albert and Susan Edith Miskin, husband of Phyllis Kathleen Miskin.

Sgt. George Henry Sydney Bennett. Commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Panel 39. Son of Sydney C. Bennett and of Madge Bennett (nee Newell), of Parkstone, Dorset, England.

Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses' Vol. 2, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vol's. 1 and 2', Tom Kracker - 'Kracker Luftwaffe Archives', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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