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Mosquito

Misidentified and shot down by a USAAF P-51 of the 357th Fighter Group at about 11:45 hrs. The Mustang pilot and his wingman climbed to engage from 23,000 feet and the Mosquito spun in from 29,000 feet. In the after action reports, both P-51 pilots implied that the twin-engined aircraft was silhouetted against the sun. The attacking pilot wrote that he did not see any roundels or invasion stripes on the aircraft and after the bogie turned onto his six o'clock and tried to dive away, he considered it to be hostile. Pilot, Lt. Nichols, was killed. Navigator, Lt. Harris, bailed out and evaded capture. Crash site west of Toulouse, France. 11th Aug 44.

Service

Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron

People

  • Elbert Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    On August 12, 1944, pilot Nichols and navigator Harris were on a weather scout report to Russia and Italy. Fell to friendly P-51 fire over Toulouse, France. Mosquito caught fire, he climbed out the hatch, hit by the stabilizer and fell spinning....

  • Ronald Nichols

    Military | First Lieutenant | pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    On August 12, 1944, pilot Nichols and navigator Harris were on a weather scout report to Russia and Italy in a Mosquito bomber. Fell to friendly P-51 fire over Toulouse, France KIA Flew with Navigator Lt Elbert F Harris.

Places

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...

Events

Event Location Date
Manufactured Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK 24 March 1944

Hatfield Built, contract number 555/C.23(a), between 24-3-1944 and 31-12-1944.

Crashed Toulouse, France 11 August 1944

Misidentified and shot down by a USAAF P-51 of the 357th Fighter Group at about 11:45 hrs. The Mustang pilot and his wingman climbed to engage from 23,000 feet and the Mosquito spun in from 29,000 feet. In the after action reports, both P-51 pilots implied that the twin-engined aircraft was silhouetted against the sun. The attacking pilot wrote that he did not see any roundels or invasion stripes on the aircraft and after the bogie turned onto his six o'clock and tried to dive away, he considered it to be hostile. Pilot, Lt. Nichols, was killed. Navigator, Lt. Harris, bailed out and evaded capture. Crash site west of Toulouse, France. 11th Aug 44.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
17 June 2015 21:47:42 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmat.asp?theAT=Mos+XVI&Submit3=Go MACR details.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28674259/ MACR details.

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2015 17:13:34 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmat.asp?theAT=Mos+XVI&Submit3=Go MACR details.
http://www.fold3.com/image/28674259/ MACR details.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:42:07 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

MACR 8544 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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