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

    Could anyone help please help with details about Flight Lieutenant Donald Edward Mobbs
    who is buried at Blama in Sierra Leone. The date of the accident or crash he was involved in is the 26th October 1944.

    Any information appreciated.

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    he is mentioned on this older unaccounted thread and I will add any new information on that old thread.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...men-26-10-1944

    You can use the google search box at the top of the forum to check for prior mentions
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    Dennis

    Thank you yes I had seen the previous thread, so thanks I will keep an eye open for updates for sure.

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    Autogiro, Hi,
    Donald Edward Mobbs
    Cecil Edward Mobbs (b. Q1 1896 Reg Aston 6d 364) m. Lilian ?.
    b. 1919 Donald Edward Mobbs (can’t find precise loc/date/Reg)
    Mid-Sep(?) 1939 Enlisted RAFVR (936864) Cardington. Aged 20(?)
    25 Apr 1942 936864 Sgt Donald Edward Mobbs Cmd RAFVR GD Plt Off (123604).
    25 Oct 1942 Promoted Fg Off.
    25 Apr 1944 Promoted Flt Lt.
    d. 25 Oct 1944 Sierra Leone (he is the only casualty buried Blama, Sierra Leone, RC Cemetery, so possibly a single pilot crash? At this date the ferrying of airframes through W Africa may have begun to diminish in importance? RTA?).
    HTH
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    Best I can do is to locate a possible cemetery in Blama from the CWGC map (which is not very informative!). The CWGC location ‘arrow’ translates to GE 7.874531 -11.342452. Blama seems to be a very ‘one-horse town’ (even by Sierra Leone standards!!) – and nobody knows what the various inter-nicene wars in the area since WW2 have done to the religious locations.
    There were(are?) no major airfields in the vicinity? So we may probably discount an operating accident from a ‘local’ airfield? There are (currently) no major roads in the area? So we may probably discount an RTA as a Cause of Death.
    This still looks, to me, like a single-crewed a/c suffering engine failure at some stage between assemblage on the W African coast, and its destination somewhere in the Sudan?
    Would be nice to give this guy the Obit he deserves! Is there a Grave Pic somewhere in the depths of CWGC? He's on his own!
    At the going down of the sun . . . . . . . . . !!
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    Hello

    His death was announced in the Birmingham Mail of October 31st 1944:

    DEATHS
    ON ACTIVE SERVICE
    MOBBS - Donald E., Pilot Flight-Lieutenant, R.A.F.V.R., aged 25 years, dearly-loved younger son of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Mobbs, 235, Brook Lane, King's Heath, died of injuries on active service.


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    Simon

    EDIT - he had previously been with 4 Sqn, it seems:

    https://allspitfirepilots.org/pilots/1943-donald-mobbs

    https://www.fourfax.co.uk/history/personal-kit

    http://www.rafjever.org/4squadhistory3.htm
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 4th September 2019 at 17:02.

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    Thanks to all so far.
    A colleague who is curious about his demise has a photo taken by my colleagues cousin of a recent visit to his grave found I think by accident at Blama and the engine is apparently displayed nearby or next to it. I should get to see the photo soon and maybe that might help narrow down a possible type. He is listed as being with 4 Squadron but I cannot reason why he is in Sierra Leone when that Squadron were in Italy at the time?.

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    4 Sqn were in NW Europe.

    Mobbs flew a mission with them on July 16th. You can see the ORB on the UK National Archives site.

    There is a search engine for the ORB's on the home page of this forum.
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/air27/

    They don;t seem to have recorded postings in the monthly summaries, which is a pity in this case.

    ON the 29 July 1944 there is a note that:
    F/KL D E Mobbs took up the duties of Fl Lt Ops at Wing HQ as a temporary arrangement until the Squadron goes to France.

    On the unaccounted thread above you will see that at the time of his death he was posted to AHQ West Africa
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    I got this from a relative of Mobbs on ancestry.com

    Don was flying a Harvard He had on board Major Cecil Freer of Lancashire Fusiliers He is buried in Freetown as he survived a few days longer than Don

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    Hello,

    The only thing that I can come up with is the following:

    Harvard IIa EX501 (ex-41-33474)
    To Station Flight Takoradi - 3.43
    349 Sqn -
    Flying accident - 27.10.44
    To Belgian Congo - 8.45

    See:
    The Harvard File
    Hamlin,John
    Tonbridge:Air-Britain (Historians),1988
    p.62

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 5th September 2019 at 14:20.

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