29.09.1939 No. 144 Squadron Hampden I L4132 P/O. Coste Location: Between Heligoland and Wangerooge.
Mission: Heligoland

Date: 29th September 1939 (Friday)

Unit: No. 144 Squadron

Type: Hampden I

Serial: L4132

Code: PL-?

Base: R.A.F. Hemswell, Lincolnshire.

Location: Between Heligoland and Wangerooge

Pilot: P/O: R.M. ' Gonga" Coste R.C.A.F. POW No: 20 Camp

Pilot/Obs: Fl/Sgt. Siriol Williams 366471 R.A.F. Age ? Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: A/C. 2. Stanley Isherwood 621052 R.A.F. Age 19. Killed

W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Charles George Williams 580687 R.A.F. Age 19. Killed


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Hampden Aircraft preparing for a mission.

Aircraft took-off at 06:40 hrs. Hemswell, Lincolnshire to bomb German warships in the Heligoland area. 11 Hampdens were sent in two formations - the first 6 attacked 2 destroyers but missed the target, the second wave of 5 were intercepted and all were shot down by Luftwaffe Me. 109's. Of the 16 aircrew who were lost 12 were killed 4 became P.O.W.'s.

144 Squadron lost 4 other aircraft this day they were as follows -
Hampden L4121 F/O. John T.B. Sadler, Hampden L4126 F/O. Baughan, Hampden L4127 F/O. Norman C. Beck and Hampden L4134 W/Cmdr. James C. Cunningham.
Hampden L4132 is thought to have been shot down at 10:03 hrs by Uffz. Pollack of I./ZG26.

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AC2. Stanley Isherwood 2nd row from the top, fifth from left. (Bill Gould)

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Castle at Spangenberg where many early R.A.F. prisoners including P.O. Coste were held.

P/O. Coste broke his right leg and suffered severe cuts to both knees during his escape from the aircraft. He was treated for 5 weeks at the German Navy hospital at Wilhelmshaven. Later promoted to Fl/Lt. He survived the war and returned home, sadly he passed away in 1963.

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Sage War Cemetery, Grossenkneten Lower Saxony

Burial details:

Fl/Sgt. Siriol Williams. Sage War cemetery Grave: 4.E.6.
Husband of Florence Maud Williams

A/C. 2. Stanley Isherwood. Sage War cemetery Grave: 4.E.4.
Son of Stanley and Catherine Isherwood, of Tong Moor, Bolton, Lancashire, England.

Sgt. Charles George Williams. Sage War cemetery Grave: 4.E.5.
Son of Charles and Evelyn Williams, of Westbury-on-Trym, Gloucestershire, England.

Researched for Bill Gould and his wife, relatives of Stanley Isherwood and dedicated to all the crew.

Acknowledgements: Bill Chorley - "Bomber Command Losses Vol. 1", Tom Kracker, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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