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    Hello
    I found info that the Mosquito PR XVI MM273, the first Mossie attacked by a Me 262 in July 1944, crashed onto the sea off Malta in October 1950, what was the exact date, the crew, the unit and the reason?

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    Juha

    MM273 was passed to the Royal Navy - see:
    http://www.mossie.org/production/res...=2&offset=3721

    So it looks like it's probably:
    October 31st 1950
    CORDWELL, Victor H M, Lieutenant, killed
    JOPLIN, Arthur, Commissioned Pilot, killed
    728 Sqn FAA, HMS Falcon (Hal Far), landing back and turned steeply to port on one engine, crashed.

    Source: http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1950.htm

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    He would probably have 'plonked-in' somewhere near 35.799421 14.532949 (on GE) turning 'short finals' on to Runway 31. Water not too deep at that point. Anybody know if the airframe was recovered. The wood might have suffered, but a couple of Merlins would be useful for spares - or what caused one of them to quit (if it was an uncommanded single-engined approach?).
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    Hello Simon
    thanks for the prompt answer!
    Yes it looks that the accident on 31 Oct 50 was probably the end of the MM 273.

    Thanks al ot
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    Default Re: Mosquito PR XVI MM273 Oct 1950

    Hello

    I've got a query about "Arthur Joplin" involved in this crash, and hoped someone could help clear up my confusion. His headstone on Malta records his name as Arthur Jopling with a 'g' and records that he was awarded a D.S.M.:

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/150794661

    Petty Officer Airman Arthur Jopling, FAA/FX.79821 had his D.S.M. gazetted June 11th 1942.

    Is this the same PO Arthur Jopling who ended up P.o.W. after Fulmar N4004 of 800 Sqn was shot down off the Sicilian coast on October 7th/8th 1941, along with his Observer J. S. Manning? He escaped from his P.o.W. camp on September 9th 1943 and returned to Allied lines.

    He was reported as being a P.o.W. in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle of November 15th 1941, and his escape was reported in the South Shields Evening News of October 11th 1943.

    Ray Sturtivant's FAA Aircraft 1939-1945 also has a PO A. Jopling who shared in the shooting down of a Z.506B in Skua L3007 of 800 Sqn on February 9th 1941, and was also picked up from an unidentifed Swordfish of 830 Sqn which ditched after running out of fuel on a search mission on June 9th 1941.

    Are these all the same PO Jopling...?

    Regards

    Simon
    Researching R.A.F. personnel from the North East of England

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