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    Default PRU Mission 13 February 1944

    Hello,

    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.

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    Frederic

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    Default Re: PRU Mission 13 February 1944

    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
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8414853

    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
    http://lancasterbombersinfo.ipage.co...3-LR495/0.html

    Then a Flight Sgt of 248 Sqn, Philip Edwin Gatehouse 902375 had been awarded the DFM 4 Sep 1942.
    Citation: http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...SE&qnum=902375

    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.
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8414864
    Also see
    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?qnum=16219
    Last edited by Don Clark; 28th January 2023 at 04:01.
    Toujours propos

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