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Full title: The Last Flight of AD730: Hampden Bomber of No. 50 Squadron RAF

Creator / Author: Colin Hill

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage  URL: http://www.csn.ul.ie/~dan/

When Viewed: Contents correct as of July 2014.

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Dan Zone / Limerick]?

About: At about 4.30 in the morning of April 18th, 1941, an RAF Hampden bomber which was supposed to be on a bombing mission to Germany crashed east of Blessington at Blackhill, Lacken. All four crewmen perished. This account, by a brother of the pilot, was originally privately printed in Oxford in 2000, and attempts to piece together the events leading to the tragedy.

Contents: Foreword — What is known of last flight of AD730 — Background of the Hampden and its crews — The Operation of 17/18 April 1941 — How did AD730 come to reach Ireland — Appendices: 1. Operations on night of 17/18 April 1941 (Nos 44,50 & 83 Squadrons) — 2. Record of Hampden raids on Berlin — 3. Operational flights of P/O J.K. Hill — 4. Last letter of Sgt Lamb to his parents (16 April 1941) — 5. Fuller description of Hampden Bomber — 6. Sources and References.

Extra #1: Read the online chapters here.

Hat-Tip: To Dennis ‘Dan’ Burke for hosting this material online.


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