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Narrative: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.
de Havilland DH.98 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:||Saint-Père nr Nantes -
|Departure airport:||RAF Thorney Island, Hampshire|
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.
F/O (Aus414530) John Robert Crossley WALTON (pilot) RAAF - Ok
F/O (153.382) Charles Henry HARPER (nav.) RAFVR - Ok
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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