30.11.1939 No.185 Squadron RAF Hampden I L4203 P/O. Musgrave
Operation: Flight from Cottesmore to Heston
Date: 30th November 1939 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 185 Squadron (Training Squadron)
Type: Handley Page Hampden I
Serial No: L4203
Base: RAF Cottesmore, Rutland
Location: Grange Farm, Widmer End, Buckinghamshire.
Pilot: P/O. John Musgrave 41197 RAF Age 20. Killed
Obs: Sq/Ldr. Nigel Hope 32173 RAF Age 32. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: A/C 2. Daniel O'Regan 624786 RAF Age 18. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Lindsay Thom 580682 RAF Age 24. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Hampden L4203 and crew were en-route from Cottesmore to Heston. During the flight the aircraft encountered bad weather with poor visibility.
Pilot lost control and aircraft crashed near Grange Farm at 11:27 hrs, with the tragic loss of all onboard.
Above as described (courtesy Sheena Samonas)
Above: The graves of the crew members
P/O. John Musgrave. Chesham Bois Burial grounds, Bucks. Sec. O. Grave 900. Son of Philip Henry and Bessie Sarah Musgrave, of Chesham Bois, England.
Sq/Ldr. Nigel Hope. St. Michael Churchyard, Halton, Bucks. Plot. 3. Row B. Grave 82. Son of Graham Archibald and Ruby Evelyn Hope, husband of Evelyn Di Hope, of Emsworth, Hampshire, England.
A/C 2. Daniel O'Regan. St. Patricks RC Cemetery, Leytonstone. Plot. 11A. Row 6. Grave. 25. No further details as yet, are you able to assist?
Sgt. Lindsay Thom. New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Dunbartonshire. Sec. E. Grave 1188. Son of William Munro Thom and Marion MacMillan Thom, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Acknowledgments: With thanks to the following: Sheena Samonas, niece of Sgt. Lindsay Thom, Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses" Vol. 1, the C.W.G.C.