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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 177214
Last updated: 16 March 2021
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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 XVI
Owner/operator:544 Squadron Royal Air Force (544 Sqn RAF)
Registration: MM273
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Fermo airfield, Ancona. -   Italy
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:Fermo airfield, Ancona (I)
On July 26, 1944 . Alfred “Bubi” Schreiber became the first jet fighter pilot to engage in air-to-air combat. Flying the Me 262 S12, W.Nr. 130 017 Schreiber claimed a Mosquito from RAF 544 Sqn. The British aircraft (crewed by F/Lt Wall – pilot and P/O Lobban – nav.) in fact survived the encounter with the Me 262. The British were flying a reconnaissance sortie some 9 000 m over Munich. During the transit back to base at Fermo near Ancona the navigator spotted an unidentified twin-engine aircraft 400 m behind the Mosquito. The mysterious machine had no propellers, although two trails of exhaust gases were clearly visible behind it. F/Lt Wall firewalled the throttles and threw the aircraft into a tight left turn. Over the next fifteen minutes the Mosquito crew, flying at top speed, was unable to shake off the Me 262. Although the Luftwaffe fighter flew three attack passes against the Mosquito, the British pilot responded each time with well-executed evasive maneuvers and managed to keep his airplane intact. Finally, after the German’s last attack, the Mosquito crew hard two loud bangs. Getting ready to bail out the navigator opened the inside cockpit door and realized that the entire hatch assembly was torn out from the fuselage by heavy g loads caused by wild maneuvering. Eventually the RAF crew found safe haven in the clouds and managed to return to base.
F/Lt (118.972) Albert Edward WALL (pilot) RAFVR - Ok
P/O (145.032) Albert Sinclair LOBBAN (nav.) RAFVR - Ok


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Revision history:

23-Jun-2015 10:25 Thomas Fuk Added
27-Jun-2015 19:18 JEPA Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
27-Jun-2015 19:28 Scout Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
17-Aug-2015 20:00 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
09-Feb-2019 21:03 Nepa Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Operator]

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