HAMPTON George Alfred 415527

LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer George Alfred HAMPTON

Service No: 415527
Born: Aldershot England, 27 July 1921
Enlisted in the RAAF: 9 November 1941 (at Perth WA)
Unit: No. 57 Squadron (RAF), RAF East Kirkby, Lincolnshire
Died: Air Operations: (No. 57 Squadron Lancaster aircraft ND671), Germany, 24 March 1944, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Hanover War Cemetery, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alfred and Elizebeth Hampton, of Belmont, Western Australia.
Roll of Honour: Collie WA
Remembered: Panel 123, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Cenotaph Undercroft, State War Memorial, Kings Park WA

Lancaster ND 671 took off from RAF East Kirkby at hours 1850 on the night of 24/25th March 1944, detailed to bomb Berlin. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. When homebound at 21,000 feet, ND 671 was shot down by anti-aircraft fire and crashed near Geseke a large town 12 kms east south east of Lippstadt, Germany. Five of the crew were killed and Sergeant Milfull and Sergeant Nuttall became Prisoners of War.

The crew members of ND671 were:

Flight Sergeant Thomas James Adkison (R/161691) (RCAF) (Air Bomber)
Sergeant Frank Sidney Bodkin (1722687) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Pilot Officer George Alfred Hampton (415527) (Pilot)
Sergeant J Milfull (1040899) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner) PoW
Sergeant R E G Nuttall (1483234) (RAFVR) (Navigator) PoW
Pilot Officer Carl Walter Strom (J/92009) (RCAF) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Sergeant Desmond Claude Youngs (1874065) (RAFVR) (Rear Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/17/517