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    Default F/Lt Watt 65Sqn 7 april 1945

    Hello to All

    I am looking for information on the fate of a 65Sqn Pilot shot down the 7 April 1945 off Norway by the JG 5 at 16:45
    F/Lt Watt G. Maybe POW or rescued he was flying Mustang
    I have a serial but no confirmation KH686 ,.
    What happened to him? And what’s his first name and number?

    Best regards
    Phil

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    Default F/Lt G C L Watt

    The 65 Sqn ORB has the following for 7 April 1945:

    "Unfortunately F/Lt Watt is missing he was last heard in the target area calling up at about 1645 hours saying he had an enemy aircraft on his tail and he was also seen in a dog-fight with two Fw190s. One faint call which gave a bearingbut no fix led to intensive ASR search but without success."

    He was flying KH686 but his name does not appear on the CWGC so it seems likely that he was rescued?

    Steve
    Last edited by SteveBrooking; 12th October 2010 at 19:25. Reason: irremovable digit

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    Default Escape or Evader

    There is a guy on Rootschat who is really good with POW, Escaper and Evader Reports. His handle is ADM199. Might be worth contacting him as he goes to Kew regularly and might be willing to do a look up... If you look on the Armed Forces area he has a thread in the main area... Are you a relative cos if so it might be worth going for this young mans records...
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    Hi,

    In Fighter Command Losses Vol 3 by Norman Franks it has the following entry for 7th April 1945.

    Flt Lt G C S Pearson Mustang KH686. Escort for Beaufighters to Sogne Fjord, Norway, pm. Missing but pilot got back. See also 19th April 1945.

    Entry for 19th April 1945 reads.

    Flt Lt G C S Pearson Mustang KH695. Escort for Banff Mosquito Wing to the Kattegat area. Missing but pilot later returned to unit after being interned in Sweden. Subsequently awarded DFC.

    No mention of Flt Lt Watt. These are the only losses for 65 Sqn on these two days.

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    sorry Franks has to be wrong on Pearson on 7th can't see how he could get back so quick to Banff and then be re-mustered for Ops again on 19th

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    Hi Paul,

    Wasn't too sure myself but thought I'd post it and see what anyone else could come up with.

    Alex

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    Pearson was missing on 19 April 1945 in KH695 YT*E. He landed in Sweden there is a photo of the aircraft that has appeared a few times. He was awarded the DFC during May and rejoined 65 Sqn on 5 July 1945.

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    Could the April 7 flight have been a case of landing at a different airfield and then hitching a ride back to Banff?
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    Hello to all

    Many thanks for your reply .
    Yes indeed Norman Frank made a mistake, Pearson got a victory that day and return OK the only loss for the 65Sqn is well F/O Watt ,I know what happened that day but the things I don’t know is what happened to him and what is first name and personal number , I just know that he got a victory the 9th February 1945 but I have nothing more on him , only F/O Watt G.

    Regards
    Phil
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    Default Debrifing of F/Lt G.C.L Watt

    Bumping this thread, as I have been doing some research on this incident.
    I am further looking to find som information about the debrief that most probable took place on his return to England, but I am struggling to find these at TNA at Kew as they seem to end in March 1945.
    Anyone here able to help me ?

    Here is a link to some information on my search:
    http://www.examiner.com.au/story/1605845/tassie-link-solves-war-mystery/

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