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Last updated: 18 October 2019
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Date:25-OCT-1945
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito FB Mk IV
Owner/operator:MAEE
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
Nature:Test
Departure airport:RAF Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Destination airport:RAF Port Ellen, Isle of Islay
Narrative:
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 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. Both crew were killed

Crew of Mosquito DZ579/G:
Squadron Leader Arthur JACQUES DFC & bar (Pilot) RAFVR 128978 - killed on active service 25.10.1945
Flight Lt Eric John SAVILL DFC (Navigator) RAFVR 136063 - killed on active service 25.10.1945

Both crew fatalities were buried at Bowmore New Parish Churchyard, Isle of Islay, Hebrides

Sources:

1. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txtt
2. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=166
3. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2457447/jacques,-arthur/
4. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2457458/savill,-eric-john/


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]

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