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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 RAF

Type: Handley Page Hampden I

Serial No: L4203

Location: Grange Farm, Widmer End, Buckinghamshire.

Pilot: P/O. John Musgrave 41197 Age 20. Killed

Obs: Sq/Ldr. Nigel Hope 32173 Age 32. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: A/C 2. Daniel O' Regan 624786 Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Lindsay Thom 580682Age 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, with the tragic loss of all onboard.

                   

                   Left: W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Lindsay Thom (courtesy Sheena Samonas)

                   

                   Graves of P/O. Musgrave and Sq/Ldr. Hope 

Burial details:

P/O. John Musgrave. Chesham Bois Burial grounds, Bucks. Sec. O. Grave 900. Son of Philip Henry and Bessie Sarah Musgrave, of Chesham Bois.

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. 

A/C 2. Daniel O' Regan St. Patricks RC Cemetery, Leytonstone, Plot. 11A. Row 6.  Grave. 25. No further details as yet.

Sgt. Lindsay Thom New Kilpatrick Cemetery, Dunbartonshire. Sec. E.  Grave 1188. Son of William Munro Thom and Marion MacMillan Thom, of Glasgow.

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.

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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