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Updated : 28 Sep 06

On Wed 16 Oct 1940, orders were received detailing 12 aircraft of 49 Sqn for bombing and gardening: the main target was to be the submarines at Bordeaux. Take off began at 1900 hours at 5-minute intervals from Scampton until all 12 Hampden were airborne. Bad weather was to play a significant part in the night's proceedings especially when the aircraft returned.

Four crews were able to complete successful sorties despite considerable resistance. By mid morning on 17 October, 11 of the 12 aircraft had been accounted for which left one! Sgt Pilot Dennis Imber aged 21 and crew had failed to return. It was later confirmed that Hampden L4129 had been shot down by flak and all crew were killed. The crew are buried together in Ambarés Cemetery NW of Bordeaux. Sgt Imber's crew were: Sgt R F Rose; Sgt F Corbett; Sgt K C Friend"

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Their graves are lovingly cared for by the local French and as can be seen a wonderful monument to their sacrifice erected in Ambarés. An annual ceremony is held to their memory on 8 May annually.

We are grateful to Beryl & Terry Dennett for providing the images of the local commemorations which you can view on the photographs pages.


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