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    I had picked the wrong Bo, I imagine the Bo we are dealing with is the town that the second largest in Sierra Leone, which is 45 mins Google driving from Blama.

    https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Blam...d7.9551791!3e0
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    So alas, RAF museum have no F1180 for this

    Autogiro... did you get eyes on the photos you mentioned earlier on? Of grave and/or engine?

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    Dennis, Hi,
    This one is proving more 'difficult' than most!!!
    We will just have to hope that Jonny's possible POC in the area (a) appears, and (b) is keen to do something!!
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    Thanks everyone for all the information so far, I have not forgotten about the question but have just been following the trail that has been laid out so far.
    Hopefully I will have more information to pass on soon.

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    The RAF museum further replied.

    I've double checked and we definitely do not have an 1180 for this accident. As EX501 was on South African Air Force rather than RAF charge, any records which have survived for it will probably be in South African archives

    Any SAAF records expert here?

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    I have now gleaned details of the engine from pictures taken by my fellow researchers cousin at the crash site in 1981 and they are believed to be radial like an R-985 or 1340 which still has half of the Hamilton Standard counterweight type prop hub on the crankshaft. Could be then from a Harvard or maybe an Argus perhaps?.

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    Default Re: Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Mobbs crashed in Sierra Leone in 1944?

    Just looked at Joe Baughers site and found
    41-33474 (MSN 88-10594) to RAF as Harvard IIA EX501. Delivered to West Africa Mar43. Station Flight, Takoradi, Gold Coast. West Africa Communications Squadron, Waterloo, Sierra Leone. Accident Sierra Leone Oct44 (1DOW)..

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    Dennis's Post#9 put a Havard forward as the likely a/c. Be nice to close this one with technical ID!
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    Default Re: Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Mobbs crashed in Sierra Leone in 1944?

    Mobbs had previously flown TacR Mustangs and PR Spitfires with 4 Sqn.

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    Default Re: Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Mobbs crashed in Sierra Leone in 1944?

    The War Graves Photo Project has a photo of Mobbs' grave at https://www.twgpp.org/photograph/view/3348089, together with a general view of the cemetery.

    Brian

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