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Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom)

General Information

Military Branch:
Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) 
Manufacturer:
Handley Page 
Model:
Hampden 
Type:
Mk.B.I 
Serial Number:
AD936 
Identifier:
PL-? 
Nickname:
 
Command:
Bomber Command 
Squadron:
No. 144 Squadron RAF 
Comment:
Airborne from North Luffenham. Shot down by Flak and crashed at Schellingwoude, SE of Amsterdam. P/O Stevens, the pilot, set fire to his aircraft and evaded for some 24 hours assisted by two Dutch gentlemen, Gerrie Zwanenburg and John van der Maas, before being arrested. The two Dutchmen did survive the war and were in contact with P/O Steven's son, Marc, in 1991. Sgt Fraser has no known grave and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

P/O P.Stevens MC PoW
Sgt A.W.Payne PoW
Sgt H.Thompson PoW
Sgt I.R.Fraser KIA

Sgt A.W.Payne was interned in Camps 8B/357, PoW No.9579 with Sgt H.Thompson, PoW No.9573. P/O P.Stevens in Camps 10C/6B/21B/L3, PoW No.3786. Awarded MC 17May46 for 'escape activities'.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Stevens_(RAF_officer)

Peter Stevens is the assumed name of Georg Franz Hein, a german jew from Hannover. At the outbreak of war, rather than risk internment as an enemy alien in England, he took the name of a deceased friend and joined the RAF.

Marc Stevens' biography of his late father, 'Escape, Evasion and Revenge: The True Story of a German-Jewish RAF Pilot Who Bombed Berlin and Became a POW' was published by Pen and Sword in 2009.

Serial range AD895 - AD939. 52 HP52 Hampden Mk.B.1 Part of a batch of 425 Hampden B.1. AD719-AD768; AD782-AD806; AD824- AD873; AD895-AD939; AD959-AD988; AE115-AE159; AE184-AE203; AE218- AE267; AE286-AE320; AE352-AE401; AE418-AE442. Delivered by The English Electric Co. (Preston) between Oct40 and Oct41. AD743; AD908; AD977; AE194; AE231; AE307; AE310; AE363 were converted to Hampden TB (Torpedo Bomber) and transferred to the USSR. AD936 was one of two No.144 Sqdn Hampdens lost on this operation. See: AE304.

SGLO_id: T1256
Date: 08/09/1941 05:59
Unit: 144 Sqdn
Crash Site: Nieuwendam (Buikslotermeer)
Pilot: P/O P Stevens
Status: Complete - crew accounted for.
Source: Studiegroep Luchtoorlog 1939-1945. 2008. http://www.defensie.nl/media/verliesregister_1941_tcm46-154751.pdf
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Start Airport:
North Luffenham 
Mission:
Bombardement 
Destination:
Berlin 
Date:
1941-09-07 
Losstime:
05:59 on 8 Sep 1941 
Loss Location:
West of Zunderdorp, north of Nieuwendam Netherlands
Cause:
fuel exhaustion 
Shot by:
Anti-aircraft fire (flak) over Berlin 
Damage:
20% 
Luftwaffe Casualty-No.:
 
Source:
Former/Ehemalige Website lostbombers.co.uk
www.cwgc.org
Book: ESCAPE, EVASION AND REVENGE (ASIN: 184884106X )
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ID Rank Name Position Destiny Date of birth Personal ID Burial Place
1 Pilot Officer Peter Stevens (aka Georg Franz HEIN) Pilot prisoner of war 1919-02-15 88219 Toronto, Canada
2 Sergeant Alan W. Payne Navigator prisoner of war 0000-00-00 1253981
3 Sergeant H. Thompson Rear Gunner prisoner of war 0000-00-00 950320
4 Sergeant Ivor Roderick Fraser Rear Gunner killed 1921-12-11 649384 RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL, Panel 43.

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