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    Default 98 Squadron Mitchell "F", lost 21 September 1943

    Hello,

    I'm interested in finding out any information about a 98 Sqn Mitchell which ditched in the English Channel west of Berck-Sur-Mer on 21st September 1943 after having been damaged by FW-190s during a raid on Coke ovens and synthetic oil plant at Lens.

    The navigator/bomb-aimer on this aircraft was my great-uncle Sergeant Arthur Digby Burridge, and according to his logbook, the aircraft was Mitchell "F" and the two gunners were wounded although all crew members survived and were quickly rescued by an RAF rescue launch.

    The logbook doesn't mention the serial of the aircraft, although a little bit of digging suggests that the aircraft's serial may have been FV944 but this is by no means certain. The source that suggested this serial also stated that in the same raid 98 Squadron also lost another Mitchell, this time with all crew killed, and had another Mitchell damaged.

    Any help anyone can give with any information about this particular aircraft, and the action which took place on that day would be appreciated.

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    Hi Daniel,

    You are correct. The serial number is FV944.

    Crew:
    F/Sgt. R.C. Davis
    Sgt. A.D. Burridge
    Sgt. H. Hughes
    Sgt. A.C. Innes

    Will recommend you to take a closer look in the Tony Wood files (RAF & US Fighter Commands 1943), where I've found the details.

    http://www.don-caldwell.we.bs/claims/tonywood.htm

    Regards

    Finn Buch

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    Hello Finn,

    Thank you very much for that. I'm very new to this and it seems that half the battle is knowing where to look for information.

    This has given me quite a bit more to go on.

    Thanks,

    Daniel

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    Hi Daniel,

    AIR37/22 has the following entry for the operation of 21st Sept 1943.

    6 a/c tasked

    F - F/Sgt Davis. Engine failure:subsequently shot down into the Channel.

    Bombs released
    14 off 1000lb MC (medium capacity) fused 0.025 TD (time delay)

    4 - 6 Fw190s in 2 attacks

    F/Sgt Davis and crew a/c F. Rescued from Channel by AS/R launch at 11:10 hrs.

    L - F/O Atkins. Missing

    U - Hyraulic failure to bomb doors and u/c by EA fighter.

    Regards
    Ross
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