ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 72851
Last updated: 24 November 2014
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Date:18-MAR-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk XVII
Owner/operator:125 (Newfoundland) Sqn RAF
Registration: HK261
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Coltishall, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
HK261 - Collided with HK326 over Irish Sea on AI exercise 18.3.1944
"On St. Patrick's Day 1944, the Squadron's Operation Log recorded, 'An unfortunate incident occurred today with the loss of two aircraft and crews.' Shortly after nine that evening two of the squadron's Mosquitos were airborne for a ground-controlled interception (GCI) excercise. For this purpose they were handed over to the control of Ballywooden Station, near Belfast. During the next 90 minutes the planes carried out three interception runs under radar direction from Ballywooden. With the exercise completed, the two were turned over to Sector Control and given a vector which would take them back to base. This final instruction was not acknowledged. Sector Control, having called the two aircraft and got no reply, learned from Ballywooden that both planes had appeared to lose altitude rapidly and to fade off the radar tube. It was presumed that the two had been in collision, and Air/Sea Rescue was immediately put into operation. At Valley 15 aircraft from No.125 Squadron scrambled to join in the search as soon as it was daylight, but no trace was found of the missing Mosquitoes. The two pilots, both Newfoundlanders, and their two Welsh navigator-radio operators were listed as missing. It was the end of the road for F/L Eric Snow and his navigator, F/O D.M. Griffiths, and for F/O Jack Reid and P/O H.J. Rich."
Crew :
F/Lt (41878) Eric Augustus SNOW (pilot) RAF - killed
F/O (148.008) Donald Maldwyn GRIFFITHS (nav.) RAFVR - killed

Sources:
http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txt
http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/09742.php


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Feb-2010 10:27 NePa Added
17-Jan-2012 05:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2014 13:12 Nepa Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]
07-Nov-2014 21:13 Coumes Updated [Narrative]
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