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Prest, Frank Burdett (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Action 1941-August-31

Birth Date: 1921-January-21 (age 20)

Born: Arcola, Saskatchewan

Son of Frank Bismark Prest and Elsie Victoria Prest, of Winnipeg, Manitoba

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment Date: 1939-09-01

44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Fulmina Regis Lusta (The king's thunderbolts are righteous)
RAF Waddington
Aircraftman Second Class
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers

Hampden I AD939

Operational 1941-August-31 to 1941-August-31

44 Rhodesia Squadron (Fulmina regis lusta) RAF Waddington. Hampden I aircraft AD 939 lost in a mid-air collision with 412 squadron RCAF Spitfire IIa aircraft P 8586 with the loss of all three aircrew members on the Hampden as well as the pilot of the Spitfire

Leading Aircraftman F B Prest (RAFVR) (Can), Pilot Officer P R Owen (RAFVR) and Flight Sergeant D G Forbes (RAFVR) all on Hampton AD 939 as well as Pilot Officer W R Hughes (RCAF) were killed in this flying training accident

The Hampton crashed in fields just off White Lane near RAF Waddington, while the Spitfire crashed into the nearby North Sea

General Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database

General Aviation Safety Network

General Crash of a Handley Page HP 52 Hampton I at RAF Waddington: 3...

Leading Aircraftman Prest originally enlisted in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (P30334) at Winnipeg, Manitoba on the outbreak of the war but transferred to the RAF after arriving overseas

Canadians in the Royal Air Force by Les Allison, page 181

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

International Bomber Command Centre International Bomber Command Centre

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Crew on Hampden I AD939

Handley Page Hampden

(RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Handley Page Hampden (Serial No. P5428), of No. 32 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Patricia Bay, British Columbia, in the torpedo-bomber training role between May 1942 and February 1944.

Handley Page developed a modern stressed-skin mid-wing monoplane, powered by Bristol Pegasus radial air cooled engines, with its first flight in 1936. It had the most advanced wings available at the time, giving it a remarkably low landing speed of 73 mph for an aircraft of its size, with a top speed of 265 mph. The Hampden had a short, narrow but tall main fuselage with a very slender tail unit. This configuration led to the nicknames "Flying Panhandle" and "Flying Suitcase". At the end of the war, no complete or partial Hampden aircraft were retained for museum display.

The Hampden served in the early stages of the war, bearing the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe, taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and in the first 1000-bomber raid on Cologne. In Canada, Hampdens were built by six companies that formed Associated Aircraft. There were three in Ontario and three in Quebec, hence they were identified as the Ontario Group and Quebec Group. They supplied all the the components to the two assembly plants. The Ontario Group's assembly plant was at the Malton Airport, while the Quebec group's assembly plant was at the St. Hubert Airport. Canadian Museum of Flight and Harold A Skaarup web page

YouTube Handley Page Hampden in Flight

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hampden Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hampden - Kestrel Publications

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last update: 2022-01-13 21:37:22

Hampden I AD939

With 44 Sqn. Collided with Spitfire of 412 Sqn and crashed near Waddington

44 (B) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Fulmina Regis Lusta

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