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    Hello,

    Seeking information on the complementary loss of a Mosquito on August 14 1944.
    Loss at Lantic (Côtes D'Armor in Brittany).
    Pilot Harold Corbin, Navigator Webb Maurice.
    Mission Mosquito, Serial? Sqdn? Photos possible.

    Thank you
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    Corbin was in 248 Squadron and was flying HP866. It was a shipping strike on the Gironde River. He managed to damage a destroyer, despite heavy AA. His aircraft was heavily damaged but both he and Webb were able to bale out over Vannes. Combined with another raid when he managed to nurse his damaged aircraft back he was awarded the CGM.

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    Default Loss Mosquito 14-8-1944

    Amrit/Dan,
    Did the crew evade capture or taken into captivity ? What were ranks and initials of Corbin and Webb ?
    Regards,
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    Default Loss Mosquito 14-8-1944

    Amrit/Dan,
    Ignore my request for info crew Corbin/Webb. This crash is my files however with serial number HR286 in lieu of HP866. (Air Britain for HP866: 248/235/8 OTU - SS 3.9.47).
    Also LR346 was lost same mission (W/O's Stoddart/Harker, both killed), attacking a "Sperrbrecher" at Le Verdon, near Royan, north of Bordeaux.
    Regards,
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    Henk,

    after the two bailed out they hid until the next day and then were able to make contact with some American units.

    Warrant Officer Harold Arthur CORBIN (1295151), R.A.F.V.R., 248 Sqn.
    This officer has taken part in many sorties, several of them being attacks on enemy shipping. On these operations many vessels of varying classes have been successfully attacked despite heavy enemy opposition. Throughout, Warrant Officer Oorbin has displayed a high degree of skill, courage and determination.

    There is a picture and brief bio here. He looks so young!

    http://www.aviationcollectables.co.uk/pub/photographs/spcc.php

    EDIT - ah, I was typing when you posted again Henk

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    Hello Amrit,

    Thanks for the information.
    This allowed me to find the serial the Mosquito and the 248 Sqdn.

    I found a story (in French) on the venue in france in 1994 at the scene of the crash at their Mosquito (Tréguidel/Lantic). CORBIN Harold and Webb Maurice.

    There is a photo of Harold Arthur CORBIN. He looks so young.
    Yes, in fact, it tells the story that he had aged two years to commit. He went to Canada in nineteen years for the training.

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    Hi Dan,

    Just seen your plea, I'm in contact with both and have got to know them whilst I was research material for 'A Separate Little War' (published in 2003, 2006 with the up date due this July). Both are aboard till April.

    Best Wishes

    Andrew Bird
    Registrar 235 Squadron (and point of contact for 248 Squadron)

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