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NS569

Mosquito

Chase camera A/C on Anvil mission to V3 long range cannon battery, Mimoyecques, France. Drone A/C explosion flipped NS569 up several hundred feet, knocking out the port engine with debris coming through the nose injuring the observer Lt Daniel J McCarthy, control was regained and the pilot Lt Robert A Tunnel performed an emergency landing at RAF Halesworth. (1 x WIA, 2 x RTD). 12-8-44.

".....'the Baby' [Drone A/C USN PBY-1 #32271 former USAAF B-24J 42-110007] just exploded in mid-air as we neared it and I was knocked halfway back to the cockpit. A few pieces of the Baby came through the plexiglass nose and I got hit in the head and caught a lot of fragments in my right arm. I crawled back to the cockpit and lowered the wheels so that Bob could make a quick emergency landing,' Lt. McCarthy reported from his hospital bed."

Intercepted by Me 262 jets whilst on photo recon mission to Politz Oil Refinery at Stettin, Poland 21/1/45 - crew Lt. Richard Geary[Pilot] and Lt. Mann[Nav]. P-51 escort from 77th FS, 20th FG tangled with thirteen jets in total, no kills, no losses. Mosquito evaded jet with unorthodox maneouvre.

Taxiing accident. USAAF Station 376 former RAF Watton, 4/4/45. John E Murphy (pilot) USAAF. Written Off, Damaged Beyond Repair. Struck Off Charge 18/4/45.

Service

Aircraft

  • 42-3518 Lady Lillian

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/7/43; Rapid City 10/8/43; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 9/9/43; transferred RCM 803BS Sculthorpe /44; damaged by PB4Y explosion on APH mission 12-8-44; Salvaged 14/11/44. ...

  • 42-110007 'Hedron 7'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned USAAF, B-24J 42-110007, re-designated as PBY-1 when assigned to USN, went on to be assigned to USN Special Air Unit No1 as Bu #32271. Utilised as remote controlled explosive laden flying bomb on Anvil* project. USN provides A/C and command...

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Units

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 325th Photographic Reconnaissance Wing
  • 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

  • Richard Geary

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group

  • Floyd Mann

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 25th Bomb Group

  • David McCarthy

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator / Observer | 25th Bomb Group
    Served with 8th AF USAAF September 1943 - May 1944. ...

  • John Murphy

    Military | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group

  • Robert Tunnell

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 25th Bomb Group
    Flew as camera chase plane for Anvil* bomber which exploded in front of the Mosquito causing an emergency landing at Halesworth. 12-8-44. ...

Missions

  • 547

    12 August 1944

Places

  • Fersfield

    Military site : airfield
    Originally named Winfarthing when the site was allocated to the Eighth Air Force in 1942, it was renamed Fersfield when built for the Eighth Air Force 1943-44. USAAF and US Navy projects 'Aphrodite' 'Batty' and 'Anvil' (attempts to develop and use...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

  • 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.

Damaged by mid air explosion Beccles, Beccles, Suffolk NR34, UK 12 August 1944

Chase camera A/C on Anvil* mission to V3 long range cannon battery, Mimoyecques, France. Drone A/C explosion flipped NS569 up several hundred feet, knocking out the port engine with debris coming through the nose injuring the observer, control was regained and an emergency landing affected at RAF Halesworth. (1 x WIA, 2 x RTD).

Intercepted by Me 262 Jets Szczecin, Poland 21 January 1945

Intercepted by Me 262 jets whilst on photo recon mission to Politz Oil Refinery at Stettin, Poland - crew Lt. Richard Geary[Pilot] and Lt. Mann[Nav]. P-51 escort from 77th FS, 20th FG tangled with thirteen jets in total, no kills, no losses. Mosquito evaded jet with unorthodox manouvre.

Written Off, DBR 4 April 1945

Written Off, Damaged Beyond Repair.

Crashed 4 April 1945

Taxiing accident. John E Murphy (pilot) USAAF. USAAF Station 376 former RAF Watton.

Struck Off Charge SOC 18 April 1945

Struck Off Charge.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 December 2018 23:48:47 Wattonman Changes to description
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII", Schiffer Publishers Ltd. 2011. pages 96-97.

Date Contributor Update
26 November 2018 10:57:15 Emily Changes to description
Sources

Moved information added by user Wattonman

Date Contributor Update
25 November 2018 02:43:03 Wattonman Changes to description
Sources

Norman Malayney, "The 25th Bomb Group (Rcn) in WWII", Schiffer Publisher Ltd. 2011.

Date Contributor Update
29 December 2015 18:37:36 Al_Skiff Changes to description, events, aircraft associations, unit associations, person associations, place associations, mission associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.mossie.org/stories/Norman_Malayney_2.htm
Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2 by Martin W Bowman.

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2015 13:22:46 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.mossie.org/stories/Norman_Malayney_2.htm

Date Contributor Update
19 June 2015 13:19:33 Al_Skiff Changes to description and events
Sources

http://www.mossie.org/stories/Norman_Malayney_2.htm

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 16:13:05 Al_Skiff Changes to person associations
Sources

http://www.mossie.org/stories/Norman_Malayney_2.htm

Date Contributor Update
19 January 2015 15:40:00 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

Production list / mossie.org / http://www.mossie.org/stories/Norman_Malayney_2.htm

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 22:23:01 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

USAAF Photo.

Date Contributor Update
02 December 2014 22:11:00 Al_Skiff Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, markings, unit associations and place associations
Sources

USAAF Photo.

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