L to R - Lt Elbert Foster Harris (Nav) 1st Lt Ronald Max Nichols (Pilot) in front of de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NS533 at RAF Watton.
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...
Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
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....
Military | First Lieutenant | pilot
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.
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...
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...