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RAF aircraft's crash sites in Province of West-Vlaanderen:
Middelkerke (Leffinge)

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Crash site of Hampden P1185-GL-B

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Unit: 14 Squadron
Aircraft: Hampden
Code: P1185-GL-B
Base: Cottesmore
Mission: Düsseldorf
Crew officer: P/O McClean D C
Incident: Fell in North Sea after been hit by ennemy fire

Location: (Prov. West-Vlanderen)



Handley Page Hampden Mk.I P1185 (GL-B) of 14 OTU RAF. Lost on combat operations on 1/8/1942. Missing on raid to Dusseldorf. Took off from RAF Cottesmore, Rutland on the evening on 31/74/1942. At the coastal municipality of Leffinge, Middelkerke, West Flanders, Belgium (at approximate co ordinates 51°11′N 2°53′E) Hampden P1185 of 14 OTU came down in the North Sea on the morning of 1/8/1942.
Three crew members were killed: two Canadians - the observer, Pilot Officer David G. McLean and the radio operator/air gunner, Flight Sgt George T. Bloomer - as well as a nineteen-year-old Australian, Sgt Sydney Shailer. The third Canadian on board, the pilot Sgt N.E. McGowan, was taken prisoner of war.

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