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    Default 1 OADU RAF Mosquito TA411 Missing

    Hello
    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH9...odn%20list.txt
    Mosquito NFXIX TA411 Missing on ferry flight between UK and Rabat 3.10.1944
    Can anyone help determine the names of the crew Mosquito TA411?
    Geoff's and CWGC do not give answer.
    Thank you in advance.
    Kind Regards
    Pavel

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    Hello Pavel

    Portreath, 31Oct’44, amongst several aircraft dispatched between 0715 and 0810 hrs is mention of Mosquito XIX TA411. The No.1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit ORB (AIR 29/471) records “All these aircraft arrived safely except MOSQUITO XIX. TA.411 which is missing. No news of this aircraft has been received. The crew were F/O. DEAN and W/O. ENTWISTLE.”

    Hope this helps track down fuller details of the crew as there is no mention of their initials. Noted that while ORB states Entwistle, on the CWGC his name appears to be spelt as William Entwisle with the other gent being John Anthony Dean.

    Kind regards
    Pierre
    Last edited by Pierre Renier; 7th December 2014 at 23:18. Reason: Difference in spelling on CWGC site

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    rafweb.org Casualties lists both these airman on 31/10/44.

    Warrant Officer William Entwisle (33) 1476387 RAFVR, No. 1 (C) OTU* " exact circumstances have not yet been ascertained. "

    Flying Officer John Anthony Dean (23) 169715 RAFVR, No. 1 OADU, " exact circumstances have not yet been ascertained. "

    Both are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.

    * 1 (C) OTU was disbanded on 19/3/43.
    Last edited by angelsonefive; 8th December 2014 at 06:14. Reason: Added info. re. 1 (C) OTU.

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    Dear Pierre and Angelsonefive
    Thank you so much.
    I really appreciate your help.
    Kind regards
    Pavel

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    Hello,
    If TA411 was lost on the 3rd October 1944 then why is its crew recorded as date of death 31st October 1944 ?
    Is the date of 3rd October 1944 given for the loss of TA411 incorrect ?
    Alex

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    Hello Alex
    Pierre by ORB writes (suppose writes correctly) :
    "Portreath, 31Oct'44, Amongst Several aircraft dispatched Between 0715 and 0810 hrs is mention of Mosquito XIX TA411. The No.1 Overseas Air Despatch Unit ORB (AIR 29/471) records," All These aircraft arrived safely except statement MOSQUITO XIX. TA411 Which is missing. No news of this aircraft has been received.
    The crew Were F / O. DEAN and W / O. Entwistle. "
    I assume the error will be on website:
    http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH9...odn%20list.txt
    Just a typo. October 3, 1944 - October 31, 1944
    Regards Pavel

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