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    Default Mosquito RL249 Crash 14th Feb 1949 - Final Landings

    Can anyone who has access to Final Landings please look up Mosquito RL249 'YP-E' Crash 14th Feb 1949 at Coltishall while with 23 Sqn and tell me the crew list? I have not got access to my copy of teh book where I am

    There is a bit of difference on the details on the lost on the internet - Air Britain losses 1949 has

    14.2.49 Mosquito NF.36
    RL249 'YP-E'
    23 Sqn
    Coltishall
    Crashed in wood after take-off (1 casualty)

    Many Thanks

    Paul

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    Paul

    14/2/49, Mosquito RL249, NF36 ,23 Sqd RAF Coltishall
    Pilot 1 Richard Colbourne very badly Injured
    Rescuing his Nav ,NAV 2 William Bert Kirby

    R Colbourne awarded the GM for this act ,hope this helps ?

    taken from Final Landings

    bw phill jones

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    Phill

    Exactly what I wanted - The name the up this

    http://mogggy.org/TheGen/viewtopic.php?p=2968&sid=c9d51398c9cf562d5964c624d 2c97bbb

    There was one death...

    Sadly NAV 2 William Bert Kirby #1605819 died the next day

    the citation for the rewards is here

    http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/38666/pages/3459

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    Unfortunately, time has claimed Richard Colbourne as well and I think he died a few years ago. He was commissioned in the 1950s IIRC.

    Colin Cummings

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    The crash was in a wood at the village of Stratton Strawless. We (N&SAM, Flixton) located the site in 1983 and found quite a lot of small pieces, plus a parachute 'D' ring. I mounted most of the decent pieces on a display board and they were in storage at Flixton, but I believe most of the aviation archaeology material not on display has been dumped since my departure in 2003. I have some notes from the "Eastern Daily Press" account if of interest.

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    BC

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