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Last updated: 28 July 2020
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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 FB Mk IV
Registration: DZ579/G
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Machir Bay, Isle of Islay, Hebrides, Scotland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Destination airport:RAF Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
Mosquito DZ579/G was one of a detachment attached to the Marine Aircraft Experimental Establishment and based at Port Ellen for various weapons dropping trials, subject aircraft being employed on further trials with "Highball" bouncing bomb. (The "G" suffix to the serial number indicates that the aircraft had to be guarded at all times when on the ground).
On one test the Highball weapon was dropped from 30 feet at 380 m.p.h. into a rough sea, but the splash from the weapon hit the aircrafts' tail, causing the port tailplane to break off. Directional stability was lost and the aircraft dived into sea in Machir Bay, Isle of Islay 25.10.1945.
S/Ldr (128.978) Arthur JACQUES DFC & bar (pilot) RAFVR - killed 
F/Lt (136.063) Eric John SAVILL DFC (nav.) RAFVR - killed


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.7. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.

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20-Apr-2008 12:29 Nepa Added
27-May-2008 11:22 JINX Updated
23-Jan-2010 00:35 NePa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
28-Jan-2012 13:39 Nepa Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Aug-2013 08:41 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2014 21:04 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
05-Jul-2015 16:09 INV Updated [Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
21-Sep-2015 19:09 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
25-Dec-2015 15:03 T.T.Taylor Updated [Narrative]
21-Feb-2016 17:17 JIXN Updated [Narrative]
20-Dec-2017 07:18 paddy Updated [Registration, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
23-Jan-2018 21:03 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Oct-2019 23:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
21-Oct-2019 17:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 20:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
01-Nov-2019 00:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
04-Nov-2019 14:41 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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