Accident Handley Page Hampden Mk I AD789, Thursday 10 April 1941
ASN logo
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Thursday 10 April 1941
Time:22:54 LT
Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:50 Sqn RAF
Registration: AD789
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near the Sterrebosweg road, Neer, Limburg -   Netherlands
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Lindholme, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Lindholme
10/ 11 April 1941-
Nine aircraft departed base around 19.30 hours for Düsseldorf. Four aircraft bombed with varying success due to haze, one made the target, only to find the bomb doors frozen solid, and two more turned back. Two aircraft failed to return from this mission: Hampdens AD789 and AD828 were lost. AD789 was shot down by night fighter pilot Leutnant Hermann Reese of the 2./NJG 1 (flying a Bf 110 D-0 from Venlo airfield) and crashed at 22:54 hours at Sterrebos, near Neer, some 4 km North-North-East of Roermond, Holland. Three of the four crew were killed.
Pilot: Pilot Officer G.J. Cornish RAF -Survived, captured, taken as POW
Observer: Sgt. John Ratcliffe RAF (Service Number 748372)
WOp/Air Gunner: Sgt. Sidney Reginald Cassey RAF (Service Number 747984)
Air Gunner: Flight Sgt. Richard Albert Royal RAF (Service Number 652894)

All that were killed were buried at JONKERBOS WAR CEMETERY, GELDERLAND, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, in graves 16.F.7, 16.F.4 and 16.F.5 respectively. The fourth crew member, Pilot Officer Geoffrey James CORNISH RAAF survived and was taken POW, being incarcerated in Stalag Luft 3. The three crew that were killed were believed to have been found in the wreckage.


1. Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses in the Second World War 1941 Page 40.
11. Nachtjagd Combat Archive The Early Years part one

Revision history:

17-Dec-2008 11:45 ASN archive Added
04-Apr-2016 07:12 Red Dragon Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Oct-2016 14:44 sunnyhill_50@hotmail Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Destination airport]
23-Dec-2017 17:17 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Jul-2018 22:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jul-2018 22:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 20:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
08-Apr-2019 08:04 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314