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Historical : Canadian Last Updated: Apr 21st, 2015 - 23:52:06



Handley Page Hampden in Canadian service
By John Bradley
Sep 17, 2006, 13:31

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No. 408 Squadron was formed at Lindholme, Yorkshire, on June 24, 1941 and was the second of the many RCAF bomber squadrons which served overseas in the Second world war. It was initially equiped with Hampdens.
No. 420 Squadron formed in No. 5 Group, Bomber Command on 19 December 1941, as the RCAF's 18th - fourth Bomber - squadron formed overseas, at Waddington. It was equipped with Handley Page Hampen Mk Is and began operations in January 1942, flying bombing raids by night over Germany and occupied Europe. (c) www.rcaf.com.

The following photos are from the collection of John Bradley.

Hamden Mk. I AE384 PT*M from No. 420 Squadron. John Bradley Collection


Hampden are from 408 Squadron. John Bradley Collection


A 408 Squadron Hampden. Derek Pennington comments... The Sergeant aircrew member is sitting on a tail-fused 1000lb bomb. John Bradley Collection


Hampdens of 408 Squadron. John Bradley Collection


Hampdens of 408 Squadron. John Bradley Collection


Hampden Mk. I AE297 EQ*F from No. 408 Squadron. John Bradley Collection




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