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    Default Mosquito 'visitors' to Woodbridge, Mar 45

    Hi all

    A couple of queries arising from the Woodbridge ORB:

    1. 27/3/45. Mosquito 'HH202' landed at 21:35.

    - According to Air-Britain, HH202 wasn't a Mosquito serial. Anyone know what it might actually have been? HK202 perhaps? Sqn?

    - For info, in case this ties-in with a loss someone's investigating, this a/c landed damaged following a mid-air collision over Holland with another a/c, "thought to have been another Mosquito", which went down.

    2. 28/3/45. Mosquito NS740 from Harrington made a FIDO landing. Looks like this was an American 'PRU'? Mossie. Can anyone please do an Air-Britain look-up for me and tell me what unit NS740 may have been attached to. Thanks.

    Ian

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    Hi Ian,

    NS740 is mentioned only as "USAAF".
    HK202 Mossie XII 264/54 OTU no dates known, SOC 30.7.46
    HR202 Mossie VI 305 to French air force 27.10.45

    Hope this helps

    Pavel
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    USAAF means 25th. Bomber Group which consisted of the following sub-units: 492, 652 to 654 and 802 Squadron. 492, 653 and 802 Sqn. exclusively operated Mosquitos, 654 Sqn. mainly. 652 Sqn. mainly operated B-17.
    Main task of the 25. BG. Mosquitos was weather reconnaissance and similar duties.
    PR XVI NS 740 was passed on to unit "6232 M" on 20.01.47.

    George

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    I believe you're looking for MM202, which collided with Mosquito RV326.

    The info I have from various sources is:

    "27.03.1945 1907 571 to Berlin from Oakington crashed. into cornfield at Zevenhuisen, 25km SW Groningen 1945 (BCL). F/O GD Hudson AFC RNZAF +, F/O MG Gant RCAF +, both buried in Leek (Zevenhuisen) Gen Cem Collided with MM202 of 571 Squadron flown by F/L L.G. Smith and Bill Lane, according to an article in the newsletter of the Mosquito Aircrew Association Number 27. Smith's aircraft suffered damage to the starboard airscrew but was able to return. Was V on 128 (sic) Squadron on 27/28 February whein F/L L.G. Smith believed he collided with another aircraft. He lost his starboard propellor, the starboard engine was set afire, and the aircraft did a half-spin, however he was able to crash land at Woodbridge. (Mosquito) During the evening of 27 March 1945 at approximately between the hours of 1945 - 2000 two Mosquitos (RV326 & MM202) collided, MM202 from below, 15.5 miles SW of Zevenhuizen, Netherlands en route to Berlin. RV326 (F/O.GD Hudson. AFC RNZAF / F/O. M.G.Gant. RCAF) crashed and were both killed. MM202 (F/Lt. L.G.Smith. DFC RNZAF / Wt. Off. W.Lane DFC) sheared the starboard propellor among other serious damage which denied them the opportunity to bail out., they made a perfect landing at the emergency drome at Woodbridge. On 27 March 1945, F/O Hudson and F/O Maurice George Gant took of in mosquito BXVI RV326/L for a mission to Berlin. This was F/O Hudson's 13th mission and all but one had been to Berlin. He had a total of 1348 flying hours. The mosquito took off at 19.07. While flying over the Netherlands on the way to Berlin their plane collided with mosquito MM202, flown by F/L Leicester Smith and navigator F/O Bill Lane, also from 571 Squadron. F/L Smith later told that their mosquito lost a propeller. He put the mossie into a dive to extinguish the fire, in which he succeeded. He then flew the plane back to England where he landed at Woodbridge. Around 19.45 the plane of F/O Hudson and F/O Gant crashed onto the land belonging to Mr. Buist, bordering the woods at Zevenhuizen. Both F/O Hudson and F/O Gant were killed and are buried in Zevenhuizen. They are buried together with a number of resistance fighters. F/O Hudson was 26. He was awarded the Air Force Cross. (http://www.basher82.nl/Data/zevenhuizen/hudson.htm) Missing (Berlin) 28.3.45 (Air Britain Serials)"

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    Gentlemen,

    The 28 March 1945, Mosquito NS740 belonged to the 492nd BG at Harrington. This aircraft flew the OSS Joan-Eleanor missions to communicate by JE radio with OSS agents inside Germany. The OSS JE Project first began with the 654th BS, 25th BG (Rcn), Watton in September 1944 and was later forced to transfer to Harringon under 492nd BG auspices on 13 March 1945. While at Watton the OSS missions were nickinamed "Redstocking," but upon transfer to Harrington, this nickname or label ceased to exist.

    According to pages in navigator John K. Jackson's log book, he flew the mission on 28 March to contact an OSS agent near Berlin. Normally, USAAF flight crews did not maintain log books. But Jackson teamed with ex-RCAF veteran, Lt. Kingdon Knapp to fly OSS JE Mosquito NS740, and Knapp continued using his RCAF log book when flying in the USAAF. Knapp forced Jackson, his navigator, to maintain a flight log book also.

    In fact, JE operator Calhoun Ancrum, kept a flight notebook of all his missions, and he flew as OSS JE operator in the Mosquito aft comparmtent on this particular mission. To receive flight pay from OSS, he had to keep his own records to obtain this allowance. OSS JE operators Victor Layton, William Sawyer and George Fogarty also kept flight records for this purpose.

    After the war in June 1945, Ancrum married a niece of Czar Nichols II, of the Romanoff family, in a ceremony in London. All OSS JE project members are deceased.

    Norman Malayney
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    Chaps

    Many thanks for those comprehensive replies. Much more than I had hoped for! :-)

    Certainly looks like MM202 is the right one. The Woodbridge ORB says it landed with "Starboard motor and mainplane damaged and airscrew knocked off", and a "F/L Smith" was the pilot.

    And the info about the US Mossies is very interesting and helpful too.

    Thanks again for enabling me to fill in some more gaps.

    Ian

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