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Old 16th October 2020, 17:19
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Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

Most sources I can find indicate that Mosquito HR573 was lost in Apr45.
For example,

http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/_DH9...odn%20list.txt
(which BTW seems to be a copy of the info in the Air Britain serials books)
says "Lost 4.4.45 NFD"


However, Jeff Jefford's opus "The Flying Camels" notes this aircraft, coded OB-K, as being involved in the sqn's last operational mission of World War II, on 12 May 45 (Fig 11.3, page 301). In the list of serials at the end of the book (page 506) it says the aircraft served with the sqn "until 20 Jul 45 at least"


Can anyone please clarify the situation?
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Old 21st October 2020, 00:54
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Re: Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

HR574 was lost on the 14-4-45.
Is it not possible that at some point the paperwork was wrong ?
And that the record became an extra loss as 4-4-45 - HR573 ?
1945 45 Sqn "Mosquito losses"
3-1-45 - HR515
12-1-45 - HR492
15-1-45 - HR402
17-2-45 - HR390
28-2-45 - HR457
26-3-45 - HR527
14-4-45 - HR574
13-6-45 - HR372
17-6-45 - HR309
12-10-45 - RF697
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Old 21st October 2020, 12:42
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Re: Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

Thanks for the suggestion, which I guess is possible.
HR574 is also a slight enigma. In "Flying Camels", it is reported as arriving 17/1/45, but anotated "not accepted by squadron".
In the main text, there is no reference at all to a loss on 14/4/45 either - all others you mention are covered with crew details etc.
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Old 21st October 2020, 16:44
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Re: Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

Alex

Out of curiosity where is it stated that HR574 was lost on the 14th and not on the 4th?

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Old 21st October 2020, 17:30
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Re: Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...php?uniq=HR574

The ORB gives -
Pilot F/Lt. Scott J/5832 was last seen still in chute Barnes hanging from a tree, he had been wounded in an arm prior to bailing and was reported as dead by natives later. The surviving man was F/O Fisher.
A/c in Sqn letter was "K". .
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Old 21st October 2020, 19:54
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Re: Mosquito HR573 45 Sqn

Thanks Alex

Anyone who has read the actual record card?

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