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NS635

Mosquito

Landing Accident - RAF Watton, 16/9/45 - Minor damage - pilot Robert L. Lee.
Mis-identified and shot down by a USAAF B-24 of the 446th Bomb Group at about 10:30 hrs 4/4/45. The group commander, Lt. Col. Troy W. Crawford, was aboard the Mosquito and took full responsibility for the mistake. The Liberators had been under attack by German jets and the bomber crews were previously ordered to open fire on any aircraft that came within a specified range of their guns. The escort fighter units were informed of this but the Mosquito pilot, Lt. Theodore B. Smith, was not properly briefed. He flew too close while Crawford was taking pictures of the B-24s and one of the gunners blasted the Mosquito out of the sky. The pilot and passenger bailed out safely and became POWs for the duration. Crash site between Parchim and Wesendorf, Germany.
Crew: Lt. Theodore B. SMITH (pilot) USAAF - POW, Lt. Col. Troy W. CRAWFORD (pass.) USAAF - POW.

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

  • Wendell Biggers

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Troy Crawford

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Attached to Mountbatten's staff, June to August 1942. POW on 4 Apr 1945. Mosquito NS635 command pilot flight over Germany. A/C shot down when mistaken by B-24 gunners as enemy A/C. his own 446th BG shot him down.

  • J Hendrick

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Crew Cheif | 25th Bomb Group

  • Robert Lee

    Military | 25th Bomb Group

  • Theodore Smith

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    POW on 4 Apr 1945. Mosquito NS635 command pilot flight over Germany. AC shot down when mistaken by B-24 gunners as enemy AC. On 4 April 1945, he carried Col. Troy Crawford of the 446th BG and was attacked by 8-15 ME-262 jets. As the Mosquito moved in...

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
Crashed Watton, Thetford, Norfolk IP25, UK 16 September 1944

Minor damage - Landing Accident - RAF Watton - pilot Robert L. Lee.

Crashed Wesendorf, Germany 4 April 1945

NS635 - Miss-identified and shot down by a USAAF B-24 of the 446th Bomb Group at about 10:30 hrs. The group commander, Lt. Col. Troy W. Crawford, was aboard the Mosquito and took full responsibility for the mistake. The Liberators had been under attack by German jets and the bomber crews were previously ordered to open fire on any aircraft that came within a specified range of their guns. The escort fighter units were informed of this but the Mosquito pilot, Lt. Theodore B. Smith, was not properly briefed. He flew too close while Crawford was taking pictures of the B-24s and one of the gunners blasted the Mosquito out of the sky. The pilot and passenger bailed out safely and became POWs for the duration. Crash site between Parchim and Wesendorf, Germany.
Crew: Lt. Theodore B. SMITH (pilot) USAAF - POW, Lt. Col. Troy W. CRAWFORD (pass.) USAAF - POW.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2015 14:21:58 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

USAAF Photo.

Date Contributor Update
16 February 2015 10:18:41 Al_Skiff Changes to nicknames, events and person associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 21:07:49 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164683

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 21:03:08 Al_Skiff Changes to production block number, manufacturer, unit associations and place associations
Sources

USAAF Photo / Production list / www.mossie.org

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

MACR 13948 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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