Operation: Gardening - Cinnamon
Date: 03/04th April 1941 (Thursday/Friday)
Unit: No. 83 Squadron Motto: "Strike To Defend"
Type: Hampden I
Base: RAF Scampton
Location: Hangingstone Hill, Dartmoor
Pilot: Fl/Lt/ Reginald Perronet Campbell Thompson 74343 RAFVR Age 21. Killed
Obs: F/O. Leslie Richard Evans 42702 RAF Age 28. Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Leslie Ralph Eden 906009 RAFVR Age ? Killed
W/Op/Air/Gnr: Sgt. Alan Mitchell Murray 970316 RAFVR Age 19. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking off at 18:45 hrs from RAF Scampton on a Gardening operation at La Rochelle (details here).
Operation completed successfully and started to return to base. Sadly at 02:00 the aircraft hit high ground (603 metres) at location shown at, all crew lost.
Fl/Lt. Reginald Perronet Campbell Thompson. Sunningwell Churchyard (St. Leonard) Near S.E. corner of chancel. Son of Reginald Campbell Thompson and of Barbara Brodrick Thompson (née Robinson) of Boar's Hill. Qualified for degree of B.A. (Oxon). His father (the famous archaeologist, assyriologist, and cuneiformist lost his life whilst serving in the Home Guard on the 23rd May 1941, age 64. Serving on the River Thames during a patrol.
F/O. Leslie Richard Evans. Scampton Churchyard (St. John The Baptist) Old Part. Grave 17. Husband of Phyllis May Evans, née Scarlett. Born on the 20th March 1913 at Portsmouth, England. Only son, Richard Anthony John born 05th April 1941.
Sgt. Leslie Ralph Eden. Camberwell New Cemetery. Square 68. Grave 2094. No further details - are you able to contribute?
Sgt. Alan Mitchell Murray. Exeter Higher Cemetery. Sec. Z.K. Grave 82. Son of William and Olive Murray. Living in Stockport, Cheshire in 1939. Born on the 07th May 1921. Brother of Sgt. William John Murray - killed on 25th July 1943. Further details here.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Jennifer Kinnear - relative of Sgt. Murray who contacted us on the 11th November 2020. Other sources as quoted below: