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Hampden P1333/EA:F of No 49 Squadron

(Rus)  The Hampden had a maximum bomb load of 4,000 lb. P1333/EA:F of No 49 Squadron is seen about to be loaded with six 250 lb GP bombs at its Scampton dispersal. A few nights after this photograph was taken, on 16/17 August 1940, PI 333 was one of two Hampdens that failed to return from an attempt to bomb the Merseburg oil plants. Flt Sgt M. Stetton and crew crash-landed in the Netherlands and were taken prisoner. Married quarters can be seen in the background, as can Hampden PI347/ EA:D, which succumbed to flak on 4/5 September 1940 with the loss of all the crew. (IWM CH262)