Handley-Page Hampden Mk. I

X3154 ZN-A

106 Squadron

Crashed 21:12:40

 

The Hampden had taken off from RAF Finningley on a night navigation exercise.  The aircraft crashed on Rushup Edge near Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire at around 20:15 killing all 4 crew.  

 

The official inquiry determined that the aircraft was 50 miles west of its intended track and was flying too low. A contributory factor may also have been due to poor definition between the low cloud and the snow-covered ground.

 

 

The crew were:

 

 

83259            Pilot Officer       M  HUBBARD             RAFVR        Pilot                                                          (Aged 20)

 

590585          Sergeant           K W B  PERKINS       RAF             Navigator (Pilot)                                        (Aged  24)

 

648240         Sergeant            D W  SMITH              RAF             Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner                 (Aged 19)

 

553939         Sergeant            D J  DAVEY              RAF             Air Gunner                                                (Aged 18)

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The very small remains of the Hampden on Rushup Edge.

Pilot Officer Michael Hubbard's grave at Knighton cemetery, Leicester.

 

His younger brother sadly did not survive the war either; Captain Joseph Hubbard R.A.  died of his wounds on  4th May 1945  in Burma while he was serving with the 14th Army.  He was 26 years old and is buried in Ranchi, India.