ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 71812
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Narrative:Shot down by another RAF Mosquito night-fighter nr Benson and crashed at Ipsden 28.7.43
de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk.IV
|Owner/operator:||544 Sqn RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Ipsden Oxon. -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||Benson, Oxfordshire|
Shot down by HK109 at Ipsden, Oxon, killing two. Shot down by another Mosquito nr Benson and crashed at Ipsden 28.7.43 (Air Britain Serials) I believe HK109 was on 85 Sqn at the time, though it later went to 307. The latter unit's ORB indicates no flying that night due to weather.
"What happened the Germans got very canny about us going over in daytime, especially marshalling yards were they were doing their railway, very good at railways the Germans. So they did it at night. What about if we did some night photography, couldn't do it in a Spitfire so Mosquito went over with a big flash, dropped the flash took photographs. Marvellous. This fellow, two sergeant pilots and navigator, they did the job and came back, there was a raid on London, a German raid, so they saw this going on so they flew around London, our aerodrome was north west of London and the Germans quite often would put in what they called an intruder. They'd go on with a raid and do a small raid and one or two intruders would go and fly around shooting things up, being nasty. Of course our night fighters would take off and try and intercept them. Our Mosquitos going around London, of course the radar hit him, this plane's coming around, bandit no IFF you see, coming around and then got a Mosquito Night Fighter on to him and he's following him and the chap in the Night Fighter says to control, "This chap's a Mosquito I know it's a Mosquito" and they said, our drome put on the landing lights and he was just about to come in to land and they said, "I can't take the chance, shoot him down." If he'd been an intruder he could have bombed our aerodrome and that would have been great business, put us out of action for a week. So they shot him down.
F/Sgt (530636) Russell WATSON (pilot) RAF - killed
F/Sgt (1112033) Arthur Lumley REYNOLDS (obs) RAFVR - killed
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