No. 23 Squadron last mission

This is Eugène Gagnon’s last mission.

Six Mosquitos took part in the last mission.

2/3 May1945

Plane: RS517

Take-off: 2115

Landing: 0100

Bombing Patrol (6 attack A/C + 1 FRESHMAN).

Carried out bombing patrol of Hohn under instructions of S/L Griffiths (Master Bomber duties).

Airfield was bombed with incendiaries which caused good fires. Slight amount of light and heavy flak encountered.
Airfield defences active and strafed with cannon fire. In view of the difficulty in pinpointing the target, the prang seemed quite successful. Airfield later seen clearly in light of fires but no enemy aircraft seen.

Notes:

1. From the notes against the FRESHMAN crew accompanying this sortie, it was a ‘Fire Bash’ napalm mission.

2. Aircraft PZ313 (F/S Bird and F/S Thomson) hit by light flak – damaged rear mainplane inboard of port engine. All A/C RTB and no injuries.

3. F/L Frank Thomas and co/pilot F/S Halliday were also on this mission.

4. 3 May saw the landings of the last operational sorties (this mission and a 4 A/C bombing patrol of Flensburg) by 23 Sqn in World War II. Last to land was NT235 F/S P W Goody (pilot) and F/S J Jacobs (co-pilot) from this Hohn mission – landing at 0125hrs.

Last to land was NT235 F/S P W Goody (pilot) and F/S J Jacobs (co-pilot) from this Hohn mission – landing at 0125hrs.

photo courtesy Tommy Cushing via Peter Smith

This was Eugène Gagnon’s last mission and also Flight Sergeant Percy William Goody who would later on touched someone’s life…

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