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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166270
Last updated: 18 September 2019
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Date:02-JAN-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk XVI
Owner/operator:140 Squadron Royal Air Force (140 Sqn RAF)
Registration: MM271
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF stn Hartford Bridge, Hampshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire
Narrative:
Mosquito MM271 Swung on overshoot and stalled RAF Hartfordbridge 2.1.1944 DBF
Morning in 3.January, 1944. Sgt Preston was the navigator of an aircraft which crashed into an electrical transformer and burst into flames. Sgt Preston sustained facial burns but was thrown clear of the aircraft. The pilot, who was left in the cockpit sustained a broken leg and, although he had released his straps, he was unable to get out unaided. His cockpit was soon enveloped by the flames. Displaying complete disregard for his own safety, Sgt Preston returned to the blazing aircraft and, working in the flames, succeeded in dragging the pilot to safety. In so doing Sgt Preston sustained second degree burns. His gallant and prompt action saved the pilot's life.
Crew:
F/O ((127.320) Leslie Thomas MERSHAM (pilot) RAFVR - injured
Sgt (1399275) Leslie William PRESTON (nav.) RAFVR - Ok

Sources:

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txtt
http://web.archive.org/web/20100708063411/http://www.rafweb.org/GM_Holders3.htm
ORB 140 Sqdn RAF


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2014 14:35 Nepa Added
06-Jul-2014 12:53 MiG15 Updated [Location]
05-Jan-2015 14:13 Apen Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
11-Jan-2015 10:07 Leopard DX Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2015 03:13 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
04-Aug-2015 15:27 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
06-Sep-2018 08:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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