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408 Squadron Crest
11/12.12.1941 No. 408 Squadron Hampden AE148 EQ-B P/O. Hull

Operation: Gardening (Radishes (1)

Date: 11/12th November 1941 (Thursday/Friday)

Unit: No. 408 Squadron 'Goose' (RCAF) 5 Group (motto: 'For freedom')

Type: Hampden I

Serial: AE148

Code: EQ-B bar

Base: RAF Balderton, Nottinghamshire

Location: Sanderum, Odense, Denmark

Pilot: P/O. William Francis Hull J/5918 RCAF Age 24. Killed

Obs: Fl/Sgt. Duncan Luin Todd NZ/404575 RNZAF Age 29. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Samuel Jamieson 928276 RAFVR Age 31. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Lynn Harding 1059179 RAFVRF Age 20. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 17:15 hrs from AF Balderton in Nottinghamshire to lay airier mines in the Kiel Canal area.

No details on how it was lost but probably by anti-aircraft fire coming down at about 21:00 hrs at location shown.

(1) Gardening - code name for the laying of air dropped mines, further information here.

The above monument for the crew is placed near the church at Sanderum and photographed by Niels Brandt in July 2012.

Burial details:

Pilot: P/O. William Francis Hull. Odense Cemetery (Assistens). Grave BD. 357. Son of William John and Mary Agnes Hull, of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Grave inscription reads: "Rest In Peace Ever Remembered".

Fl/Sgt. Duncan Luin Todd. Odense Cemetery (Assistens). Grave BD. 358. Son of Mrs. J. Todd, of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and husband of Winifred Amelia Todd, of Dunedin. A total of 192 flying hours logged and on his 05th operation.

Sgt. Samuel Jamieson. Odense Cemetery (Assistens). Grave BD. 359. Son of Samuel and Annie Jamieson; husband of Phyllis Mary Jamieson, of Tooting, Surrey, England.

Sgt. Lynn Harding. Odense Cemetery (Assistens). Grave BD. 360. Son of Ellis and Elsie Harding, of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Grave inscription reads: "Treasured Memories".

Researched by Jenifer Lemaire of New Zealand for Aircrew Remembered - April 2019. With thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Eileen Lindsay for photo of the pilot and Niels Brandt for memorial photographs, other sources as quoted below:

JL/KTY 28.04.2019

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', 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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