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    Default Mosquito 105 RAF Sqn found !

    On May 3 2012 the wreckage of a Mosquito was found in Belgium (Kruibeke)
    Most probably it was a Mosquito of 105 RAF Sqn shot down on 31 May 1942 (we have confirmation of the date). The plane was one of 5 (?) and had to takes photos of the damage at Cologne.
    Can any one help us with the fuselage code and names of the pilots that were killed in the crash ?
    Information can be send to info@wingsofmemory.be"
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    Dirk
    www.wingsofmemory.be

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    On this day 105 sqdn lost Mossie W4064 code letter C and crewed by P/O William D Kennard (101549) and P/O Eric R Johnson (108041).

    Hit by flak. Ten miles SW of Antwerp, at Bazel on the west bank of the Schelde river, they had tried to crash land but ultimately ditched. Both killed, their bodies were washed ashore and subsequently laid to rest in Antwerp's Schoonselhof cemetery.

    Details from Stuart Scott's "Mosquito thunder"

    Not sure if this detail fits with recovery of the wreckage mentioned i.e. this aircraft came down in water.

    Ian

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    Looking at the 105 squadron ORB this appears to have been the first operation in Mosquitos for 105. The 5 aircraft were sent at staggered times from 04:00 to 17:10 to photograph and bomb Cologne.
    W4064 was the second aircraft to leave at 06:30. Returning crews reported low cloud and rain over the target that prevented them from taking photographs and one crew could not locate the target due to the conditions.
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    What about 105sqdn Mosquito W4068, lost on 01/06/42, ops Cologne. This could be your Mosquito.

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    The June 1 loss was W4068, F/O Pearman & P/O Scott, taking off at 19:30 for "H.L. bombing and photography of Cologne." Both survived and were POWs. Imperial War Museum has interview with Pearman.
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    British officer served as pilot with 105 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1941-1942; POW in Stalag Luft III, Sagan, Schubin and Stalag III, Luckenwalde POW camps in Germany, 1942-1945
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    REEL 1 Aspects of period as sergeant of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in GB, 1937-1939: background to joining Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 5/1937; membership of Peace Pledge Union. Aspect of period as instructor with RAF, 1939-1941: initial wartime training; problems of instructing on Handley Page Hampden at RAF Upper Heyford. Aspects of operations as pilot with 105 Sqdn, RAF in GB, 1941-1942: joining unit flying first De Havilland Mosquitoes, 4/1941; characteristics of De Havilland Mosquito; shooting down of his aircraft on photo-reconnaissance/bombing flight over Cologne after Thousand Bomber Raid, 30/5/1942; bailing out, parachute descent and capture. REEL 2 Continues: Aspects of capture by Germans, 5/1942: treatment by Hitler Youth and policeman; story of how his navigator was nearly lynched by civilians in Munchen Gladbach; initial interrogation; treatment at Dulag Luft Interrogation Camp. Recollections of period as POW at Stalag Luft III, Sagan, 6/1942-9/1942: arrival at camp with Group Captain Massey, 6/1942; rations; health; accommodation in huts; clothing; latrines; administration of camp under 'Wings' Day; roll call; opinion of Douglas Bader's behaviour; description of Douglas Bader's deportation from camp to Colditz. Recollections of period as POW in Schubin Camp, 1942-1943: removal to camp, 9/1942; character of camp and involvement on escape tunnels; death of 'Pissy' Edwards on wire; description of digging of tunnel, its discovery and escape of two escapers whilst tunnel was being destroyed; reasons for taking less interest in tunnelling. REEL 3 Continues: interest in painting, plays and study; reasons for higher suicide rate amongst younger POWs; cultivating relationships with guards; attitude to period in the Cooler; the camp radio 'Jimmy Higgins'; effect on morale of Russian victories. Recollections of period as POW in Stalag Luft III, 1943-1944: return to camp; importance of RAF POWs to Germans; effects of the shooting of Great Escapers, 3/1944; slight role in Wooden Horse escape; opinion of the film 'The Great Escape'; march from Sagan to Luckenwalde, 1/1945- 2/1945. REEL 4 Continues: Aspects of period as POW in Luckenwalde POW camp, 1945: accommodation in camp; rations; disappearance of camp guards. Recollections of liberation by Russian troops at Luckenwalde, 1945: arrival of Russian troops; opinion of Russian troops; behaviour of Russian troops; story of how US trucks turned up and how POWs were ordered off under Yalta Agreement; repatriation by Russians; degree of knowledge of Yalta Agreement; readjustment to civilian life; question of effects of imprisonment; attitude to repatriation of Russian personnel at the end of Second World War; reaction to outcome of Aldington/Tolstoy court case.
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    Found !
    This is the one.

    Mosquito IV W4064, GB-?
    105 Squadron.
    Op: Koln. 31-05-1942.
    Took-off at 0530hrs from Horsham St. Faith. Hit by flak and later crashed 0705hrs at Bazel, while trying to make an emergency landing on the west bank of the Schelde, 10 km South West from the centre of Antwerpen.

    Crew details.

    KENNARD, WILLIAM DERYCK
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Trade: Pilot
    Service No: 101549
    Date of Death: 31/05/1942
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    105 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference II. H. 17.
    Cemetery. SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY

    JOHNSON, ERIC RAYMOND
    Rank: Pilot Officer
    Trade: Obs.
    Service No: 108041
    Date of Death: 31/05/1942
    Age:23
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    105 Sqdn.
    Grave Reference II. H. 18.
    Cemetery. SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY
    Additional Information:
    Son of Joseph and Martha Ida Johnson, of Stoke-on-Trent.

    Attached is a photo of sister aircraft on this raid that may be of interest. Mosquito B Mark IV Series 1, W4072, on the ground at the De Havilland Aircraft Company's aerodrome at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. W4072 served with No. 105 Squadron RAF as GB-D and flew on the first Mosquito bombing raid to Germany on 31 May 1942.

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    Hi Dirk,

    Coded GB-C as per my post No 2.

    Also as this Mossie came down in water (as crew later washed ashore) how was the wreckage recovered ?

    Ian

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    Default Mosquito 105 Sqn

    Wreckage was found by accident, during works at the river shores. Engine and prop ;will be used for a monument later.
    Has any one an idea if there is a 105 Sqn associatio ? Contact ?

    Dirk

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    Hello Dirk,

    I have an old list of associations from 2003 and it does not list one for 105 sqdn. Perhaps another reader will have something more current.

    Ian

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    Default 105 Sqn

    105 Sqn was disbanned in 1946.

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