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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 138829
Last updated: 4 September 2015
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Date:26-JUL-1944
Time:02:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB.Mk VI
Owner/operator:464 Sqn RAAF
Registration: NT138
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Saint-Père nr Nantes -   France
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
NT138 - T/o on the night of 25/26th July 1944 one of 12 aircraft from the Sqn detailed to bomb and strafe road & bridges, railway line/junctions, sidings and airfields in support of the troops in France.
NT138 failed to return from the mission.
In a later statement F/O Walton reported : “The aircraft took off on an offensive patrol nr Orleans France. The aircraft was hit in the bomb bay at 02:15 hrs. 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 02:15 hrs. 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 18:00 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 29/8/1944.
Crew:
F/O (Aus414530) John Robert Crossley WALTON (pilot) RAAF - Ok
F/O (153.382) Charles Henry HARPER (nav.) RAFVR - Ok

Sources:
http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txt
http://www.awm.gov.au/catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z014_1.pdf

bonjour 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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Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Sep-2011 09:16 Nepa Added
04-Mar-2013 08:37 Nielle Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
01-Aug-2014 18:05 Froome Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative]
17-Aug-2015 19:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
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