Handley Page Hampden

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  1. Snautzer01

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    Ameland Holland

    Handley Page Hampden_03_Ameland.JPG Handley Page Hampden_02_Ameland.JPG Handley Page Hampden_01_Ameland.JPG
     
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    Couldn't the German knucklehead have gotten some shots from different angles? Geez! :lol:
     
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    Nice pictures even if all the same aspect, I see Holland in the heading but if someone had said the desert I'd have believed that too.
    Steve.
     
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    Maybe he was just ordered to take a picture or two, without anybody telling him to take shots from different angles - Befehl ist Befehl !!
     
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    The second picture, the fellow standing in the cockpit, shows why it was called the flying suitcase.
    Cheers
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    Nice shots!
     
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    It's only fitting; the Hampden's designer was German.
     
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    From TNA, a synopsis with references to the original files, on Lachmann from Security Service files released in 2008.

    Gustav Lachmann (KV 2/2733-2735)

    Lachmann, who was a German air lieutenant in the First World War, became an outstanding aeronautical engineer during the inter-war years. He worked in Germany and then Japan, before marrying his British wife in Tokyo and settling in Britain, where he was engaged on aircraft design by Sir Frederick Handley Page. This reconstituted and heavily weeded file records the deep suspicion with which Lachmann was viewed, as a potential spy for both Germany and Japan.


    KV 2/2733 (1928-1936) shows how Lachmann's mail was intercepted to look for signs of espionage activity – none were found, but efforts were still made to control his activities with Handley Page Ltd. By 1936 (KV 2/2734, 1936-1942) it was noted (serial 197) that "It appears undesirable that a German should be employed in the works of a firm carrying out contracts for the Air Ministry, but…enquiries for over two years have produced nothing to lead to suspecting that he is using his position…to give information either to Germany or to any other power." Sir Frederick is named as employing "verbal cunning" to defend his continued employment of Lachmann, but the pressure on the firm grew until in November 1938 the Secretary of State instructed Handley Page to dismiss Lachmann (serial 358x).


    Lachmann was interned at the outbreak of the Second World War, though while he was on the Isle of Man arrangements were made for him to continue working on aircraft design (e.g. serial 595a in KV 2/2735, 1942-1955).


    By 1944 consideration was given to Lachmann's post-war employment, with the fear that he might go back to Germany or to the United States. Eventually he resumed his work with Handley Page.


    He was clearly viewed with deep suspicion by our Security Services in the period before the war, though these suspicions were evidently unfounded.

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    Great info!
     
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