Incident de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk XVI MM271,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166270
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Date:Sunday 2 January 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito PR Mk XVI
Owner/operator:140 Sqn RAF
Registration: MM271
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF stn Hartford Bridge, Hampshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Hartford Bridge, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Hartford Bridge
Mosquito MM271: Took off for Training flight. 02/01/1944
During attempting second circuit, swung on overshoot and stalled at RAF Hartford Bridge.
Aircraft crashed into an electrical transformer and burst into flames. Sgt Preston sustained facial burns but was thrown clear of the aircraft. The pilot, who was left in the cockpit sustained a broken leg and, although he had released his straps, he was unable to get out unaided. His cockpit was soon enveloped by the flames. Displaying complete disregard for his own safety, Sgt Preston returned to the blazing aircraft and, working in the flames, succeeded in dragging the pilot to safety. In so doing Sgt Preston sustained second degree burns. His gallant and prompt action saved the pilot's life.
F/O ((127.320) Leslie Thomas MERSHAM (pilot) RAFVR - injured
Sgt (1399275) Leslie William PRESTON (nav.) RAFVR - Ok


4.ORB 140 Sqdn RAF

Revision history:

16-May-2014 14:35 Nepa Added
06-Jul-2014 12:53 MiG15 Updated [Location]
05-Jan-2015 14:13 Apen Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
11-Jan-2015 10:07 Leopard DX Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
22-Jun-2015 03:13 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
04-Aug-2015 15:27 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
06-Sep-2018 08:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
06-Oct-2021 09:03 Nepa Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Operator]
18-Jul-2022 22:27 Nepa Updated [Time, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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