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    Default 487 Sqdn RNZAF ops on 24/02/1944

    Hello ,

    During the night of 24/25/02/1944 487 Sqn RNZAF flew intruders operations to the airfield of St-Trond in Belgium at that time the homebase of II./NJG 1.During this operation Mosquito HX949 was lost over Belgium , Mosquito LR343 crashed over Nuthampstead , both crews were killed.Is there someone who can help me with additional information on this ops , the aircraft and crews involved ?
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    Alain,

    From Vol Two of my 'For Your Tomorrow':

    Thu 24 Feb 1944
    ALLIED EXPEDITIONARY AIR FORCE
    Night flying test
    487 Squadron, RNZAF (Hunsdon, Hertfordshire - 140 Airfield HQ, 2 Group, 2nd Tactical Air Force)
    Mosquito FB.VI LR343 - broke-up in the air and crashed 2 miles north of Nuthampstead, 13 miles north of Hunsdon at 1430. The two crew are buried at Brookwood, Woking, Surrey.
    Pilot: NZ42446 Plt Off Raymond George Cuthbert PAYNE, RNZAF - Age 27. 448hrs. 12 ops.
    Navigator: NZ415341 Fg Off John Dunch McMILLAN, RNZAF - Age 26. 415hrs. 10 ops.

    And Amendment in Vol Three:

    p195; PAYNE & McMILLAN 1430 was actually the take off time, the aircraft crashing at 1446. The Court of Inquiry noted that this was the second Mosquito to disintegrate in mid-air within two days.

    Errol

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    Alain,

    All I can add is that the call letter of LR343 was "Z".

    Rob

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    Alain,

    The following two crew members of 487 Squadron RNZAF were lost on 24 Feb 1944,so I assume they were flying Mosquito HX949 FBVI .........

    Flying Officer (Pilot) Eugene H. BARBET J/14137 (RCAF) & Flying Officer (Nav./W.Op.) Peter R. MITCHELL 152847 (RAF)

    Jim.

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