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Ground crew of the 25th Bomb Group spray foam onto the crashed Mosquito (serial number NS748) at Watton, 19 April 1945. Freeman “The Mighty Eighth War Diary” : “25BG desparched 1 Mosquito on experimental navigation flight for night PR" The pilot was Lt John Merrill Carter. The aircraft made a "ground loop" at Watton, UK on 19 April 1945. Official caption printed on image: '(G-AD-[illegible])(19-4-45)(MOS.748CRASH)(REST.)'

IWM catalogue record

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Ground crew of the 25th Bomb Group spray foam onto the crashed Mosquito (serial number NS748) at Watton, 19 April 1945. Official caption printed on image: '(G-AD-[illegible])(19-4-45)(MOS.748CRASH)(REST.)'

Connections

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

Aircraft

  • NS748

    Mosquito
    Ground looped. USAAF Sta 376 / former RAF Watton, 19/4/45. John Merrill Carter (pilot) USAAF. Written off Damaged Beyond Repair.

Missions

Locations

  • 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...

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 April 2015 14:49:58 ED-BB Changes to caption, person associations and mission associations
Sources

Research on crash and pilot.
Accident reports for April 1945 in the UK.
Freeman "The Mighty Eighth War Diary"

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2015 13:48:37 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations and aircraft associations
Sources

Roger Freeman Photo.

Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:22:30 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection

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