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    Default Place - Flekke Fjiord, Norway- Mosquito Bomber shot down in Jan 1945

    I am new to this forum and am interested to know about my uncle Flight Sergeant Waverley William Harris Service Number 426459 He was my mother's elder brother who was the navigator in a Mosquito Bomber which was shot down in Flekke Fjiord Norwary on 11 Jan 1945 I have managed to find this much information from the internet. I am very interested to know more.

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    Merilyn,
    The info I've is that Mosquito PZ190, coded HO-M, of 143 Sqn, took off from Banff for an escort of Beaufighters anti-shipping Flekkefjord. His pilot, the Belgian F/Sgt Pierre C.L. SMOOLENAERS - 1424890, also missing and commemorated on Panel 273 of the Runnymede Memorial. He also has a "symbolic" grave (IV.5) on the Belgian Field of Honour at Evère near Brussels.
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    Henk.

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    Hi MERILYN,welcome to the forum.
    Your Uncle's A/C was PZ190 NE-M,a mosquito mk V1,the pilot was a BELGIUM,F/SGT PC SMOOLENAERS,the Sqdn they flew with was 143sqdn belonging to the BANFF STRIKE WING.
    The wing consisted of 3 sqdn all flying mossie's,they were part of COASTAL COMMAND and primarily engaged on anti shipping strikes along the northern coasts,NORWAY et al.
    On the day they were lost they were taking part in an operation against shipping along with BEAUFIGHTERS from the DALLACHY Wing,14 mosquito were taking part,6 from 143,4 from 235 sqdn & 4 from 248 sqdn.
    The force was intercepted by Luftwaffe fighters near LISTER AIRFIELD,the resulting dogfight ended up with the germans losing 3 fighters and 1 mossie & 1 beaufighter from the attacking force.
    As your uncle was an AUSTRALIAN his records are available to see,his archive no is 166/17/942,if you go to the site
    www.naa.gov.au/ this will take you to the welcome page if you pick names from the r/hand column enter his name it will search and you will find that it is not digitised as yet,follow the instructions on the help page and pay a small fee and they will digitise for you and advise you when it is ready,takes about 2-3 weeks normally.
    There is a book on the BANFF STRIKE Wing available from AMAZON called "A SEPERATE LITTLE WAR" very good.
    Also if you enter www.scotshistoryonline.co.uk/sorties.html it has a history of the wing and your uncle is mentioned in it.
    hope this helps you regards
    GRAHAM

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    Merilyn,
    I am new to this forum. Pierre Smoolenaers was my mothers uncle. He was the younger brother of my grandmother.
    Recently I am looking for information about my ancesters.
    During the war a lot of pictures of him where hidden and lost.
    If anyone could tell me more about him or send pictures, I would be very gratefull.
    Greetings,
    Ann

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    Hello Na, and Merilyn Thomas.

    The author of "A separate Little War" (Mr. Andy Bird) is a member of this and other Forums. He may help you.
    Please do accepty my humble suggestion of lecture: "The Strike Wings" by Roy Coniers-Nesbit, himself a former Navigator/Observer of Coastal Command at: http://www.amazon.com/The-Strike-Win.../dp/1781590281
    I was a member of the Mosquito Aircrew Association and had the pleasure to be in touch with some "Strike" airmen, mostly from 248, 235 and 236 Squadron. Sadly, survivors from 143 Squadron were, at the beginning of the 2000's very scarce...

    Adriano Baumgartner

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    Adding to previous posts on this; Warwick ASR.1 HG209 'B' of 279 Squadron dropped an Airborne Lifeboat in proximity to the ditched Mosquito but was itself shot down by a Bf109, killing all 6 RAF crew plus 417420 W/O W Sandercock RAAF, age 29, who was on the flight as a passenger.

    Keith

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    To put this mission into perspective:


    Period Monthly Intelligence of the time reported: 1436 hrs. Off Lister. 4/455, 6/144, 3/489, 8/404 Beaus which were led by F/L. McColl. 6/143, 4/235, 4/248 Mosquitos led by F/L Russell. Aircraft on anti-shipping patrol in force sighted about 8 to 10 enemy aircraft, Me.109s and Fw.190s. The leader of the Beaus ordered his wing to take evasive action, whilst the Mosquitos went into attack. During the combat which followed 3 Me.109s and 1 Fw.190 were destroyed, one Fw.190 claimed as probably destroyed and another Fw.190 as damaged, for the loss of one Mosquito M/143, 1 Beaufighter C/144 and 1 Warwick B/279. The Warwick was on an ASR patrol covering the formation and was believed to have crashed into the sea whilst investigating the area where the Mosquito crashed. Results: 4 e/a’s destroyed, 1 probably destroyed and 1 damaged. 1 Beaufighter, 1 Mosquito and 1 Warwick missing.

    Stephen

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