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    Default 157 SQDN Mosquito DD640 accident May 29. 1942

    Hi
    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH9...odn%20list.txt
    Mosquito NFII DD640 157 Sqdn Ditched after engine fire off Southwold Suffolk 29.5.1942
    Mosquito crew unharmed. Can anyone help determine the names of the crew Mosquito DD640?
    Thank you in advance.
    Kind Regards
    Pavel

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    Hi Pavel,

    According to the ORB Sgt Heath (pilot) and Sgt McIlvenny (radar operator).

    Regards,
    Hans

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    "Crew unharmed" is not quite correct; Sgt Lewis Heath the pilot was knocked unconscious in the crash and the navigator Sgt Robert McIlvenny although also sustaining head injuries in the crash, (the tail broke off on impact), was able to haul the pilot out through the top cockpit hatch. The Mosquito was found to float well and the two men were rescued by a local fisherman, Mr J A 'Cornish' Goldsmith, who put out in his fishing boat in "tremendous seas". This was the first recorded successful ditching of a Mosquito aircraft and an extensive search for the tail and other wreckage ensued. McIlvenny remained in touch with the Goldsmith family for many years after the war.

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    Hello Bob
    Thanks for the information. Fantastic.
    Crew is correct?
    Pilot 591562 Sgt Lewis Edward HEATH (52614)?
    R/O 656 468 Sgt Robert James McILVENNY?
    Regards
    Pavel

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    Yes Pavel, crew details are spot-on. Purpose of flight was air-firing exercise over the sea. The Air Ministry sent Mr Goldsmith some money for his heroic rescue efforts. He subsequently gave half to his boat crewman and his own to the Southwold Hospital, where the two crewmen were being treated.

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    Hello Bob
    Thanks for the information. Great story.
    Regards
    Pavel

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