I have a special request regarding a mission onto France.
I am looking for the crew/plane of No.544 Squadron which performed the sortie with number J/314. This mission took place on February 13th, 1944 in the Tours-Orleans-Bourges area.
Damage assessment on Avord airfield.
544 Squadron Operations Record Book at UK National Archives, AIR 27/2028/34
Mosquito Mk IX LR425
S/Ldr D Douglas Hamilton
P/O PE Gatehouse DFM
Ops PR J.314 (multiple objectives listed)
Form 541 Feb 1944 Frame 2
Mosquito IX LR425 served only with 544 Sqn.
Engine vibrated and control lost, abandoned ... SW of Trindom Grange Colliery Co Durham 23 Jul 1944
Halley RAF Aircraft LA100-LZ999 AB 1991
Form 78 Movements: Frame 59 of
Then a Flight Sgt of 248 Sqn, Philip Edwin Gatehouse 902375 had been awarded the DFM 4 Sep 1942.
Neither man was to survive the war.
S/Ldr Lord David Douglas Hamilton, with Gatehouse as Navigator, crashed on return from a PR sortie on 2 Aug 1944 in their Mosquito IX MM240 of 544 Squadron: both were killed instantly.
The crash, near Wallingford, occurred a few miles from the airfield, apparently with both engines dead, assessed to be an attempted forced-landing.
Full details of the crash are in the 544 Squadron Form 540 Summary of events, and noting the loss of the two men by first name and in glowing terms.
Last edited by Don Clark; 28th January 2023 at 04:01.
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