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10.04.1941 No. 50 Squadron Hampden I AD830 Sgt. Campbell

Operation: Training

Date: 10th April 1941 (Thursday)

Unit: 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

WOp/Air Gnr: Flt.Sgt. Leslie Albert Carn 743067 RAFVR Age 28. Killed

WOp/Air Gnr: Sgt. J. E. Kilduff - survived, injured

Civilian: Mrs. Maud Louisa Harris Age 29


Official report: Hampden AD830, with Sgt. 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 WOp/Air Gnr.

Interviewed at the hospital next day Sgt. J. E. Kilduff, 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.’

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.

Flt.Sgt. Leslie Albert Carn. Southend-On-Sea Cemetery (Sutton Road) Plot R. Grave 12143. He was born as Albert Leslie Carn in Rochford Essex in 1913. Son of Albert Thomas Carn and Elizabeth Maria (née Warner) Carn and the husband of Josephine Mary (née Clancy) Carn. They had married at Hendon less than 12 months before he was killed.

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. Thanks also to John Jones for identifying the survivor. Thanks to Mike McQuaid for the Next of Kin details for Flt.Sgt. Carn. The sources as quoted below:

RS 22.02.2020 - Update to NoK details for Flt.Sgt. Carn

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