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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 72732
Last updated: 26 December 2019
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Date:24-MAR-1944
Time:23:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF Mk XVII
Owner/operator:85 Squadron Royal Air Force (85 Sqn RAF)
Registration: HK251
C/n / msn: VY-O
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Hastings, Sussex, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF West Malling, Kent
Destination airport:RAF West Malling
Narrative:
Mosquito HK251 Crew 151 Sqn were flying together also with 85 Sqn. T/o at 22:25 hrs with ‘O for Orange’ intercepted the Junkers Ju 188 off Hastings, closing to 100 yards to deliver a burst of cannon fire upon which the enemy aircraft suddenly exploded, enveloping the Mosquito in burning oil and debris. The fabric covering of the aircraft caught fire and it was enveloped in flames. Pilot ordered navigator to bale out, but had second thoughts when the fire went out and he found the Mosquito to be stable in flight, despite the loss of rudder control due to the fabric being burned off. After wiping a clear patch in the soot-blackened cockpit canopy, Hedgecoe flew back to a safe landing at West Malling. Fire-damaged the aircraft suffered Cat. B damage. 24/25.3.1944
Crew:
F/O (86574) Edward Richard HEDGECOE DFC (pilot) RAFVR - escaped injury.
F/O (149.134) Norman Llewellyn BAMFORD DFC (nav.) RAFVR - escaped injury.


Sources:

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txtt
http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/raf1945/hedgcoe.html
http://ww2today.com/31-march-2014-heavy-losses-as-raf-bomber-command-targets-nuremberg
ORB 85 Sqdn RAF


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Feb-2010 10:59 NePa Added
10-Jan-2012 12:10 Nepa Updated [Registration, Source, Narrative]
29-Feb-2012 22:29 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Phase, Departure airport]
29-Feb-2012 22:33 Nepa Updated [Time, Source, Damage]
24-Jun-2014 16:53 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]
02-Sep-2014 04:32 Tee Updated [Location]
10-Jun-2015 06:46 Fuxs Updated [Cn, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2015 06:55 SIS07 Updated [Location, Narrative]
10-Jun-2015 06:57 SIS07 Updated [Narrative]
09-Aug-2015 06:44 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
29-Oct-2016 18:23 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source]
22-Apr-2019 18:17 Nepa Updated [Location, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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