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NS583

Mosquito

On 8 February 1945, two Joker night-photo ships were dispatched by the 25th BG to photograph Misburg and Hamburg. The Deurog Synthetic Oil Refinery at Misburg had 10/10ths clouds so Hanover was photographed as a target of opportunity by the first Mosquito. The second aircraft conveyed Capts. Doroski/Hochman (NS583). Both men were airborne at 01:58 hours and last contact with the crew occurred at 02:55 by the continental ground station Nuthouse. When the crew failed to return, Watton contacted 12 Group but the RAF maintained no plots on this aircraft. A search conducted in the area covered by the Mosquito resulted in no trace of either plane or crew. 2 MIA. MACR 12161.
Later, a Luftwaffe report delivered through the International Red Cross stated: A Mosquito crashed near Obershonhage, 6 km east of Detmold. Fire destroyed 99% of the aircraft. Hochman and an unknown body were buried in a cemetery at Leistrup-Meirsfeldon. 2 KIA.

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...

  • 654th Bomb Squadron

People

  • Victor Doroski

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    KIA 8 February 1945. Shot down over Germany by a German jet. He was flying a night photo mission and his navigator Capt. Jacob Hochman were killed. He was the first to pilot an OSS mission. He piloted at least 3 OSS missions before going MIA on the 8...

  • Jacob Hochman

    Military | Captain | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group
    KIA on 8 Feb '45 when photo flash bomb ignited in bomb bay during Joker Mission to Germany. Shot down by a German jet over Germany with pilot Capt. Victor Doroski.

Events

Event Location Date
Failed To Return FTR Detmold, Germany 8 February 1945

On 8 Feb 45, two Joker night-photo ships were dispatched by the 25th BG to photograph Misburg and Hamburg. The Deurog Synthetic Oil Refinery at Misburg had 10/10ths clouds so Hanover was photographed as a target of opportunity by the first Mosquito. The second aircraft conveyed Capts. Doroski/Hochman (NS583). Both men were airborne at 01:58 hours and last contact with the crew occurred at 02:55 by the continental ground station Nuthouse. When the crew failed to return, Watton contacted 12 Group but the RAF maintained no plots on this aircraft. A search conducted in the area covered by the Mosquito resulted in no trace of either plane or crew. 2 MIA. MACR 12161.

Assigned Watton, Thetford, Norfolk IP25, UK

654th BRS, 25th BG, 8th AF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2015 11:12:26 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number and manufacturer
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmat.asp?theAT=Mos+XVI&Submit3=Go MACR details.
http://www.fold3.com/image/46712873/ MACR details.

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2015 11:11:32 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmat.asp?theAT=Mos+XVI&Submit3=Go MACR details.
http://www.fold3.com/image/46712873/ MACR details.

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

MACR 12161 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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