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    Default Flying Officer (Navigator) 145656 Eric Wade BEM of 105 Squadron, RAF Marham

    He was my grandmother's cousin and I know he was killed on 23 November 1943, the navigator of Mosquito aircraft LR 477 which crashed on return to base from operations to Leverkusen. Does anyone have any more information about this please?

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    Hello Keighlian, and welcome,

    On the 23rd (November, 1943), the Goldenbergwerke power station at Knapsack was the to be attacked by three (Mosquitoes), of 105 Squadron. The first away was S/L J.S.W. Bignal AFC who attacked a last resort target in LR507:F, followed by F/L C.F. Boxall who managed to hit the primary target with four 500lb bombs from ML913:E. The target was clearly visible and despite 100 searchlights probing the sky, the flak was light. Nevertheless, LR477:B returned early and F/O Eric Wade BEM* with F/O Alfred Gerald Fleet joined the circuit. At 19.50 hours their Mosquito crashed 5 miles north-west of Swaffham in Norfolk, at Narborough's Contract Farm. Tragically, both occupants were killed. F/O Wade was buried at Keighly (Utley) cemetery and F/O Fleet in Bowling cemetery in Bradford.

    See:
    Mosquito Thunder No.105 Squadron RAF at War 1942-5.
    Scott,Stuart R.
    Stroud:Sutton Publishing,1999.
    p.137.

    * You will find the citation for the BEM(M) to 1379591 Sgt Eric WADE, here:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...upplement/5636

    Col.
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    Keighlian, Hi,

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    To be Plt. Offs. on prob. (emergency): —
    Tempy. Flt. Sgts.
    1379591 [Euston/Penarth Aug 40>Mar 41] Eric WADE (145656). 22nd Apr. 1943.

    Plt. Offs. (prob.) to be Flg. Offs. on prob. (war subs): —
    22nd Oct. 1943.
    E. WADE, B.E.M. (145656).

    HTH

    Peter Davies
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Just to confirm what you already know and that the Norfolk CD records state the crash occurred at 1950 hours at Contract Farm map ref G216294. The only extra information is that the CD reports say the Mosquito "crashed on fire". I am not aware of any wreckage ever having been found at this site. There were at least five Marham-based aircraft crashed in this parish between 1941 and 1944

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