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    Default F/O „Moose“ Mossip DFC (J15927)

    Hello everyone,
    On 21 March 1944 F/O „Moose“ Mossip DFC (J15927) visited Martlesham to see his old No. 1 Squadron. He borrowed the CO´s Typhoon for a trip. Unfortunately, there was a tyre burst on take off and during a belly landing was the aircraft completely wrecked.
    I would like to know whether the aircraft was really wrecked or damaged only. Is it known the serial number?
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    Mojmir

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    Hello Mojmir. Mossip was flying JX-C JP677 - it was his old aircraft - I don't know if the CO (Zweigbergk) had adopted it for his own use. Mossip was on a rest tour flying with a BDTU. He made a good wheels-up landing and the aircraft was Cat Ac - repaired by a working party from Hawker.

    Repair completed by 28 April 44 by which time 1 sqn had gone to North Weald and re-eqipped with Spits. The aircraft then went to 137 sqn at Manston but, presumably was not up to operational standards as it seems to have gone to Cunliffe Owen for RP and canopy mods - it was delivered from Eastleigh to 51 MU Lichfield on 22 July 44.

    Eventually it was back in operational service - with 168 sqn c.26 Oct 44 as QC-P. Exactly one month later it was force-landed on the beach at Brighton and written off. Pilot survived but was injured. I've not been able to find the cause although one source suggests it had clipped part of the pier structure. The sortie had been to escort the King back from a visit to the Continent.
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    Hello Chris,
    Thank you very much for your very quick reply.
    „CO´s plane“ – that is my mistake. I misunderstood…
    Tony´s war: „…Tony (Zweigbergk) bent the rules and allowed him (to F/O Mossip) to borrow HIS old Typhoon for a trip. Unfortunately a tyre burst on take off and „Moose“ suffered the indignity of a belly landing which completely wrecked HIS former plane…“

    Best regards
    Mojmir

    PS: I am going to my bed with an English textbook…

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