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Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk I
Owner/operator:1 PRU RAF
Registration: W4055
C/n / msn: LY-N
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 35km west of Feistein. -   Norway
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Wick, Scotland
Destination airport:
In fall 1941, four of the new Mosquito PR I of 1 PRU (1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit), with the serials W4051, W4055, W4059 and W4061, were transferred to operate from RAF Wick, in Scotland, with S/Ldr Taylor DFC, and bar, in command. Taylor was a brillant PR Spitfire and Mosquito pilot who specialized in ’dicing’ (low-level PR of specific targets). In October, they carried out 16 successful sorties to Norway.
Mosquito W4055 - Missing from PR mission to Trondheim 4.12.1941
On 4 December, S/Ldr Taylor, who by now was the first PR pilot to fly over 100 sorties, was lost, along with his navigator, Sgt Horsfall, when W4055 failed to return from a sortie to cover Trondheim and Bergen. It is thought they were badly shot up by new German high-level anti-aircraft guns, and then shot down by Uffz Rudolf Fenten of 1./JG 77 as his first victory at 15:20 hrs nr Stavanger at map reference Lg 49 433.
S/Ldr (39448) Alastair Lennox "Ice" TAYLOR DFC & bar (pilot) RAF - killed
Sgt (921014) Sidney Edward HORSFALL (nav.) RAFVR - killed

"Coastal Command losses of the Second World War, vol 1. Aircraft and Crews losses 1939-1941", by Ross McNeill, SBN 1-85780-128-8
"Opsrey Combat Aircraft 13. Mosquito photo-reconnaissance units of World War 2", by Martin Bowman. ISBN 1-85532-891-7
Luftwaffe claim lists by Tony Wood and Jim Perry (

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Revision history:

17-Dec-2009 23:19 NePa Added
03-Jan-2010 21:26 NePa Updated [Total occupants, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Departure airport, Narrative]
20-Mar-2011 14:18 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Nov-2011 04:35 Nepa Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 10:37 Nepa Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 10:37 Nepa Updated [[Departure airport, Narrative]]
14-Jun-2014 17:48 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Narrative]
22-Jul-2015 07:57 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
29-Sep-2015 05:38 King T. Updated [Narrative]
05-Dec-2015 10:26 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2015 17:26 Heil Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2016 16:26 King T. Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2016 17:10 Heil Updated [Cn]

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