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    Hi ,

    Wich crew belly-landed Mosquito HK503 from N 409 squadron at Le Culot A-89 on october 6 1944 ?
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    F/Lt (Pilot) G. SPROULE and F/O WILKINSON (172800 ??).

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    Henk,

    In the LG, serial number matches

    Francis George WILKINSON D.F.M. (172800).

    Dennis
    Dennis Burke
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    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
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    http://www.manitobamilitaryaviationmuseum.com/PDF/409squadron.pdf

    "On the night of 6 October more excitement developed around Le Culot airfield than the Nighthawks had seen since moving to the continent. Early in the evening F/L Gordon Sproule and F/O F. G. Wilkinson were coming in for a single-engine landing when their undercarriage collapsed and the Mosquito finished the run on its belly, much to the grief of the already overworked maintenance crews. Before the runway could be cleared P/O F. E. (Hank) Haley called in on the R/T to say that he and P/O S. J. (Fairy) Fairweather, DFM (RAF), had shot down a Ju. 88 and were coming in on one engine. Because of the previous prang they couldn't land at base and were being diverted when their other engine cut out and they had to take to their parachutes. Just before midnight F/O R. H. Finlayson and his navigator team-mate, F/O J. A. Webster, touched down with the news that they had destroyed an Me. 110. As a sort of finale to the eventful evening an aircraft from No. 410 Squadron force-landed at Le Culot after destroying a German plane and getting badly shot up itself. Fortunately all went well and the squadron diarist summed up the evening's events as "a fairly good night.""

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    Thanks gentlemen

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