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Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito

Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: CZ_RAF
Time Stamp:
18:42:30 Monday, October 3, 2005
Post:
Hi all,

I have read book about the crash of Mosquito in Slovakia on 17th Oct 1944, the crew survived. The author is not sure with serial.

He found out in official records it was Mossie VI PZ220 TH-C or TH-F but the pilot told him he made crashlanding on Mossie VI NS857 TH-L "Flame Mc Goon".

Could anybody provide me additional info about this accidet a nd help to solve the problem?

TIA

Pavel


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: Mark Huxtable (Guest)
Time Stamp:
00:56:27 Thursday, November 3, 2005
Post:
Hi Pavel:

Let me dig through my files. There is a gent in Piestany who made this mossie his life's work - brought Stuart May back to the village for a reunion about 18 months ago I think. Will email you.

Cheers,

Mark


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: HughAHalliday
Time Stamp:
11:26:27 Thursday, November 3, 2005
Post:
A list of No.418 Squadron (which I know has some errors) includes the following entry:

NS857 (L) - Taken on strength from De Havilland, 21 February 1944. Aircraft letter on list dated 31 August 1944.

The squadron named its aircraft for Al Capp ("L'le Abner") comic strip characters, and in this case the name would be "Earthquake McGoon".


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: CZ_RAF
Time Stamp:
15:29:15 Sunday, March 13, 2005
Post:
Thanks Hugh!

Pavel


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: CZ_RAF
Time Stamp:
15:28:56 Sunday, March 13, 2005
Post:
Hi Mark,

thanks for reply. i know about this chap, I have had obtained his book about this. but he is also not sure which plane crashed there. So hope I will be able to find any additional info.

Pavel


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: DesertRat (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:38:20 Sunday, March 13, 2005
Post:
Speaking of 418 squadron, does anyone have any record of an Arthur Bush flying for 418 squadron. If so, what was his combat record? Any kills, awards etc..?


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: Mark Huxtable (Guest)
Time Stamp:
15:05:24 Monday, March 14, 2005
Post:
Hi Pavel:

As far as I know, it was PZ220 which crashed on 17 October. Hugh's list confirms this, as does Fighter Command Losses. Hugh's list says it was TH-C on a list on 31 August of that year.

I'm pretty sure May's aircraft was "Flame McGoon" - certainly there are photos of him with an aircraft with that nose art from earlier in the year. I've never heard of Earthquake McGoon, though I've seen noseart from both a USAAF B-24 and (what I think is) a B-26 with "Flame McGoon."

The book you mention was written before the author had any real time to meet up with Stuart May, although apparently there was the briefest of meetings sometime in the 70s, when of course it was difficult for him to have a long conversation with anyone from the other side of the Iron Curtain.

As I say, there have been "developments" since he wrote it - I've a picture of a surprisingly sprightly Stuart May in Piestany Village somewhere, from 2004 I believe. As I say, I'll dig out the email address and forward to you, as I'm sure there is newer info. From memory, the author did ask Stuart May the question, and the latter confirmed the aircraft he was shot down in was in fact named Flame McGoon.

Cheers,

Mark


RE: Mystery of No. 418 Squadron Mosquito
Author: CZ_RAF
Time Stamp:
15:49:57 Monday, March 14, 2005
Post:
Thanks for reply Mark.

I will be glad if you could contact me on e-mail cz_raf.A T.hotmail.com

TIA

Pavel