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Tragic Hampton Crash. Dartford 31st July 1941
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2018, 23:35:10 »
Handley Page Hampton l P4399 0f No. 61 Squadron RAF, based at RAF North Luffenham, Rutland.
The aircraft was returning from a raid on Cologne when, at 04.00hrs on Thursday the 31st July 1941, the pilot lost control of the aircraft during a thunderstorm, the aircraft crashing onto East Hill (road) Dartford. Numbers 65, 67, and 69 were destroyed and numbers 63 and 71 badly damaged. The pilot managed to bail out, but the three remaining crew members were killed along with three civilians. Two other civilians were injured.

The three crew members who died.

Flight Sergeant Roy West Geater RAF, Observer, age 20.
     Buried Brookwood Military Cemetery.

Sergeant William Chambers RAF. Wireless op/air gunner. Age 20.
     Buried Herrington (St Cuthberts) Churchyard, Durham.

Sergeant Wilifred Leonard Butler RAF. Wireless op/air gunner. Age 21.
     Buried Chertsey (St Stephen's) Church Burial Ground, Surrey.

The pilot, Sergeant Edward Baker RAFVR, went missing during a raid on Germany 9th August 1941.
     Commemorated on Runnymede Memorial.

The three civilians who died. All buried at Dartford Municipal Borough Cemetery.

Frederick Vickery. Age 45, of 65 East Hill.

Beatrice Lilian Vickery. Age 51, of 65 East Hill. Widow of William T Vickery.

Alice Yates. Age 41, of 69 East Hill. Injured and died at County Hospital the next day.



IN MEMORY OF
THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
NEAR THIS SITE ON THE 31 JULY 1941
WHEN HAMPTON BOMBER P4399 CRASHED
KILLING 3 AIRCREW OF NO. 61 SQUADRON
AND THREE CIVILIANS OF DARTFORD.
RAF AIRCREW
(Names)
CIVILIANS
(Names)
THIS MEMORIAL WAS DEDICATED ON
10 NOVEMBER 2009 BY
COUNCILLOR JEREMY KITE
LEADER OF
DARTFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL.

A second Hampden, AE266, of No. 61 Squadron, returning from the same raid, crashed on the same night while attempting to land at RAF Upwood, Cambridgeshire. http://www.rafupwood.co.uk/61squadronhampden.html
Among the three crew members who died was:-
Flight Sergeant Rex Ronald Boyce Durtnall DFM. RAF. Wireless op/air gunner. Age 21.
Son of Charles James and Ettie Mary Durtnall, of Maidstone.
     Buried Dover (St. Mary's) New Cemetery.
Hometown Blues Syd Arthur

 

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