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Hampden I P1173 shot down in the North Sea 12/4-1940.
The aircraft belonged to RAF 44 Sqn. Bomber Command and was coded KM-?
T/O 08:20 Waddington. OP: Kristiansand harbour, Norway.
Together with 11 Hampdens P1173 bombed Kristiansand harbour despite heavy flak.
They did not hit any ships but lost two aircrafts due to flak. When leaving the
target area the remaining ten Hampdens were attacked by Bf 109E fighters from
During the running battle three fighters and three Hampdens crashed
into the sea. One of those being P1173, the whole crew perishing. P/O Kenneth
J.A. Johnstone, Cpl. John H.Evans and Cpl. William H.G. Evans have no known
grave and are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.
The pilot F/O Harry Wood Robson was laid to rest in Frederikshavn cemetery on
Sources: BCL, KF,CWGC, “Geschichte des JG 77” by Prien.
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