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    Hi Ross,

    Aware of your research into losses at sea, do you have details on the following from RNLI reports?

    23.01.43
    D.H. 98 Mosquito NFII HJ919 410 Sqn Acklington
    S/Ldr B G Miller pilot (K)
    Sgt E Collis navigator (K)
    Aircraft was on a low-level map reading sortie when it flew into the sea 1 mile off the Coast Guard Station, Seahouses, Northumberland

    Many thanks,

    Jim
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    Hi Jim,

    Pilot was F/Sgt G G Mills RCAF R/113366.
    Nav Sgt M Lupton

    The RNLI reports are in three sections.

    1. Service Report - where a RNLI boat was launched and provided a service (rescue)
    2. No Service Report - where a RNLI boat was launched but due to whatever reason (eg beaten back by weather, not found, etc) did not provide a service (rescue)
    3. Service by shore boat - where a vessel or persons other than RNLI crews provided a service (In 1939 the RNLI decided to pay the same scale rewards and expenses as was paid to their own crews to anyone who provided a lifesaving act. This they honoured from Institution funds throughout the war years)

    No entry is made for the Mosquito so I can confidently say that no civil vessel was launched.

    I do have some other notes that are of help

    >
    Wreckage located 2 miles south east of Seahouses by ASR Defiant of No.281 Sqn.

    AIR27/1614
    Sgt L Fisher (Sgt Scharf, Air Gunner) were called out to search for a Mosquito from No.410 Sqn Acklington which had crashed into the sea. They located pieces of wreckage 2 miles SE of Seahouses but there were no survivors.

    From diary of Brass Hat (harbour clearance) diver Ken Lucas

    26th January
    Left for Seahouses for Mosquito. Stayed at Alnwick for the night.

    27th January
    Arrived Seahouses. Dived for plane. Abandoned. Could not be found.
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    Many thanks Ross,

    Not sure where those crew names came from in my report, thanks for the correction.

    Jim
    Jim Corbett

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