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    Default 157 Sqdn Mosquito W4093 accident December 23. 1942

    Hi
    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH9...odn%20list.txt
    Mosquito NFII W4093 157 Sqdn Engine cut on air field test crashlanded in Hampstead nr Castle Combe 23 December 42
    Mosquito crew unharmed. Can anyone help determine the names of the crew Mosquito W4093?
    Thank you in advance.
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    Pavel

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    Hi Pavel,

    The ORB mentions F/O Menkes as pilot and P/O Hull as radar operator.

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    Hans

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    Hans,

    does the ORB confirm the location as Hampstead, Castle Combe? Although this is the location quoted in ABS and elsewhere, The Mosquito Crash Log puts it 'in a field near Castle Camps, crashed in circuit.' I have a note of the exact place as being Helions Farm, Helions Bumpstead, Essex, which is a short way to the east of Castle Camps. Note the similarity between the words 'Hampstead' and 'Bumpstead', and 'Castle Combe' and 'Castle Camps'.

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    Hi Dave,

    The ORB litteraly mentions: "F/O Menkes (pilot) and P/O Hull (N/R) crash landed in a field near the aerodrome after one of their engines had cut. Both were seriously injured but are now making good progress. The aircraft was a total wreck."

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    Hans.

    I think we may take it that the correct location is near Castle Camps then, 157 Squadron's base at the time.

    regards

    DaveW

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    Hello DaveW
    Thanks for the correction of the accident site.

    Hi Hans
    Three times thanks for the information.
    Do you have in ORB information on:
    HJ646 157 Sqdn Swung on take-off and u/c collapsed Predannack 1.1.44?
    HJ660 157 Sqdn Lost 7.1.44 NFD?
    Best regards
    Pavel

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    Hi Pavel,

    Nothing on both incidents in the ORB and the serials aren't listed either. Perhaps wrong squadron?

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    Hi Hans
    My Record is very unclear:
    January 1. 44 some trouble with the pump?
    January 7. 44 F/Lt Hucking and S/Ldr Chisholm trouble?
    Regards,
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    Pavel

    7th January 1944

    "...to the west, four 157 Squadron Mosquito crews flew an Instep to Brest, where a Ju88 was discovered. F/O Huckin closed to minimum range before opening fire, taking heavy return fire in exchange. The Junkers was seen to go into the sea, but the Mosquito went down also. Huckin and F/Sgt Graham survived for six days in their dinghy before being rescued."

    From John Foreman's excellent 'Fighter Command War Diaries', 7/1943 to 6/1944, page 175.

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    Hi Dave
    Thank you very much.
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...6412/page/1119
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Flying Officer Philip Edward HUCKIN (151056),
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 157
    Squadron.
    Distinguished Flying Medal.
    1392616 Flight Sergeant Robert Harry GRAHAM,
    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 157
    Squadron.
    This officer and airman were pilot and observer
    respectively of one of a formation of aircraft which
    intercepted a number of Junkers 88s. In the
    ensuing fight, Flying Officer Huckin shot down
    one of the enemy aircraft from close range. His
    own aircraft was badly damaged, however, and,
    owing to loss of engine power, Flying Officer
    Huckin was forced to come down on to the sea.
    He and Flight Sergeant Graham got safely aboard
    their dinghies and, for the next 20 hours, they
    drifted in the heavy seas whipped by high winds
    until an airborne life-boat was dropped to them.
    They got safely aboard the boat and with no
    other means of guidance except a compass, Flight
    Sergeant Graham set ,to work to plot a course
    for England. Five days later they were picked
    up. During this period they suffered much privation,
    being buffeted by heavy seas and fierce winds
    which at times reached gale force. In spite of
    this, their determination never wavered and their
    courage and fortitude in the face of such an ordeal
    set an example of the highest order
    Kind Regards
    Pavel

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