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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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01/02.03.1941 No. 144 Squadron Hampden I R4394 F/O. Skinner

Operation: Hannover

Date: 1/2nd March 1941 (Saturday/Sunday)

Unit: No. 144 Squadron

Type: Hampden I

Serial: P4394

Code: PL-?

Base: RAF Hemswell, Lincolnshire.

Location: Wainfleet, Lincolnshire

Pilot: F/O. D.H. Skinner Injured

Obs: Sgt. Frederick Edward Darnell 759296 RAFVR Age 20. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. John Frederick Shutt 751644 RAFVR Age 26. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Raymond James Stanley Jones 553850 RAF Age 18. Killed


Took off from R.A.F. Hemswell on an operation to Hannover. 

The aircraft crashed at 22.15 hrs between Wainford Bank and Wainfleet All saints. No further details on this loss or the operation and welcome any further information.


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Above left to right: Bristol (Canford) Cemetery, Hartlepool West View Cemetery, Hatfield Road Cemetery St. Albans

Burial details:

Sgt. Frederick Edward Darnell. Hatfield Road Cemetery St. Albans Sec M. Row G. Grave 19. Son of Wilfred George and Phyllis May Darnell, of St. Albans, England.

Sgt. John Frederick Shutt. Hartlepool West View Cemetery Sec 9. Cons. Row W. Grave 4. Son of Frederick and Jane Shutt, husband of Ada Mary Shutt, of West View, Hartlepool, England.

Sgt. Raymond James Stanley Jones. Bristol (Canford) Cemetery Sec Q. Grave 2922. Son of Harold J. Jones and Elsie Jones, of Horfield, Bristol, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew we welcome any further information that you may have.

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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