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Narrative:Mosquito NT138 took off from RAF Thorney Island on the night of 25/26th July 1944
de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk.VI
|Owner/operator:||464 Sqn RAAF|
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|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||nr Orleans -
|Departure airport:||Thorney Island, Hampshire|
one of 12 aircraft from the Squadron detailed to bomb and strafe road & bridges, railway
line/junctions, sidings and airfields in support of the troops in France. NT 138 failed to
return from the mission.
F/O (Aus414530) John Robert Crossley WALTON (pilot) RAAF - Ok
F/O (153382) Charles Henry HARPER (nav) RAFVR - Ok
In a later statement FO Walton reported : “The aircraft took off on an offensive patrol
near Orleans France. The aircraft was hit in the bomb bay at 0215 hours. Flares in the
bomb bay ignited and the cockpit filled with smoke. A few moments later the 20mm
ammo began exploding. I gave the order to bale out and F/O Harper baled out at 0215. I
followed. I saw the aircraft explode as it hit the ground.
I landed in an orchard near St Pere. I sprained an ankle and lost one shoe. Hid chute,
harness and mae west in bushes and crawled 2kms west. Hid in hay field until 1800 when
I hailed a Frenchman. He agreed to help and went away and returned later with food. I
then removed my battle dress blouse and black tie and rolled up my shirt sleeves. The
Frenchman gave me a pitch fork and we walked to his home about half a mile. The
remainder of my journey was arranged for me.” F/O Walton returned safe to the UK on
Available records do not reveal whether F/O Harper survived or not.
Je réponds à la phrase "Available records do not reveal whether F/O Harper survived or not".
Oui Charles HARPER était vivant. C'est mon père qui l'a trouvé et s'est occupé de lui dans la forêt.
J'ai retrouvé 2 lettres de 1952 et 1953. Cdlt.
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