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Hampden Memorial Unveiled

Photo: The memorial to the crew of AE244 on May 5. (Via Mike Simms)


A new memorial to the crew of Handley Page Hampden I AE244/EQ-P of 408 Squadron was unveiled at Zevendonk, near Turnhout, Belgium, on 5 May, writes Mike Simms.

Hampdens of 408 Squadron being loaded with mines during 1942. (Crown Copyright)

The bomber was shot down by a Messerschmitt Bf 110 night-fighter while returning from a raid on Düsseldorf on the night of 31 July 1942. Pilot Sgt Orval Nelson RCAF baled out and was taken prisoner, but the other three crew, Sgt Herbert Warr RAAF, Flt Sgt Clarence Lloyd RCAF and Sgt Harold Price RAFVR all died in the crash.

The precise location of where AE244 came down was recently discovered thanks to extensive research by members of the Balcombe-based Wings Museum in West Sussex as well as local residents.

The memorial to the crew of AE244 on 5 May. (Via Mike Simms)

The memorial was revealed in a moving ceremony, with a piper playing a lament for the fallen, held at the graveside of the crew killed in the crash.

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