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    Default fate of crew of Mosquito VI NS935, No. 21 Squadron

    Hello,

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    someone confirm the crew of Mosquito VI NZ935 was :

    Name: PORTER, OWEN WELLS
    Initials: O W
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 21 Sqdn.
    Age: 23
    Date of Death: 31/07/1944
    Service No: 146316
    Additional information: Son of Charles W. and Constance Porter; husband of Joan M. Porter, of Rimbey, Alberta. Canada.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave.
    Cemetery: MORGNY-LA-POMMERAYE CHURCHYARD


    Name: GARRETT, JOHN ALFRED
    Initials: J A
    Nationality: United Kingdom
    Rank: Flying Officer (Nav.)
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
    Unit Text: 21 Sqdn.
    Age: 21
    Date of Death: 31/07/1944
    Service No: 153314
    Additional information: Son of Alfred Henry James Garrett and Martha Susannah Garrett, of Dagenham. Essex.
    Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
    Grave/Memorial Reference: Joint grave.
    Cemetery: MORGNY-LA-POMMERAYE CHURCHYARD

    According to "2nd Tactical Air Force volume 2" by Shores & Thomas, during the night 30/31st July 1944, Mosquitos carried out night intruder missions. No. 613 Squadron lost one crew (SHARPE and SMITH in NS907) and No. 21 lost another, in Mosquito VI NS935. They give the pilot's name as P/O J. PORTER, KIA, and navigator as Sgt W.H. JORDAN, prisoner. Estimated time of loss is 3 o'clock, while attacking a train.

    Is this a mistake in the book ? There's no correction in volume 3. I don't have volume 4.

    Air-Britain volume NA100-NZ999 confirms NS935 was lost on 31st July 1944 with No. 21 Squadron.

    There was already a thread on the old board : http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=5460&forum=DCForumID 6&archive=yes

    Joss
    Last edited by jossleclercq; 15th August 2010 at 10:34.

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    Hi Joss,
    Can confirm that Garrett was Porter's regular navigator, and was with him on the 31st July 44. I think the confusion may come from the fact that there was a F/Lt Potter with Jordan as navigator in the squadron.
    Alan.
    Last edited by AlanW; 15th August 2010 at 10:56.

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    Hello Alan,

    While browsing back the threads, I realised that I haven't thanked your for your message.

    Regards

    Joss

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    Joss
    Can definitely confirm John Garrett as navigator - I'm his cousin and have letters from Mayor of Rouen and schoolteacher at Morgny-la-Pommeraye sent to John's mother after war. Graves are well kept by the local people.

    Spike

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