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    Hello to all

    I am looking for information on the circumstance of the loss of a Mosquito went down in Austria the 10/05/1944
    540Sqn LR421 I donít know the name of the pilot but the navigator should be the F/O Moody Leopold (KIA)151395

    Many thanks in advance
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    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=printer_format&om=4978&forum=DCForu mID6

    F/O J H Irwin, RAAF 409709
    F/O L Moody - 151395

    Both buried at Klagenfurt

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    Thanks a lot , no information on the crash place?

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    Likely shot down by Maj. Horst Carganico of I./JG 5, 35 km. S.W. Wiener Neustadt at 11.30 German time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhuxt View Post
    Likely shot down by Maj. Horst Carganico of I./JG 5, 35 km. S.W. Wiener Neustadt at 11.30 German time.
    This ties in with my entry in the Additions section of 'For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 (Volume Three: Biographies & Appendices)' :

    Wed 10 May 1944
    COASTAL COMMAND
    Photographic reconnaissance to Munich, Germany
    540 Squadron, RAF (Benson, Oxfordshire - 106 Group)
    Mosquito PR.IX LR421 - took off at 0730 and was brought down over Austria, crashing near 'Aspang', about 75km SW of Wien. The body of the navigator (and possibly that of the pilot) was not found until some three months later, and first buried in the civil cemetery at Aspangberg-Sankt Peter. Both were later reinterred at Klagenfurt.
    Pilot: Aus409709 Fg Off Jack Hector IRWIN, RAAF - Age 21.

    Crash site location info from AHB.
    Irwin was a New Zealander serving in the RAAF.

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    Thanks Errol, as Aspangberg is indeed 35km SW of Wiener Neustadt, I guess that settles it.

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    Hi Errol,

    Whilst I have your attention. The following might be of interest:-

    F/O.Irwin is 22 years of age, and was educated at Melbourne High School, He joined the commercial staff of "The Age", and at the time of his enlistment was a member of the Advertising Dept. He is a nephew of Mr. & Mrs. Llewellyn Jones of High-Street, Preston, a former Mayor of Preston.

    See:
    The Age (Newspaper), Melbourne.
    Monday, June 12, 1944 p.2

    Col.

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    Hello to all

    Many thanks for all the informationís , I got a message from Eric Mombeek who confirm that he was shot down by the Maj Carganico Horst Stb I./JG 5 at 11:30 nearby Sankt-Corona-am-Wechsel .

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL BRUGGY View Post
    Hi Errol,

    Whilst I have your attention. The following might be of interest:-

    F/O.Irwin is 22 years of age, and was educated at Melbourne High School, He joined the commercial staff of "The Age", and at the time of his enlistment was a member of the Advertising Dept. He is a nephew of Mr. & Mrs. Llewellyn Jones of High-Street, Preston, a former Mayor of Preston.

    See:
    The Age (Newspaper), Melbourne.
    Monday, June 12, 1944 p.2

    Col.
    Thanks Col, appreciated.

    Errol

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    Gentlemen, did anyone of you try to locate the next of kin of F/O. IRWIN or F/O. MOODY? What were the results of your research? I am interested in this case too and would like to learn more. Thank you. - Kurtl

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