De Havilland Mosquito Mk VI serial number PZ187

I never got around to post this on my blog.

What is PZ187?

This is PZ187.

YP-E St. Chris

A famous De Havilland Mosquito Mk VI flown by some famous pilots!

George Stewart flew Mosquito Mk VI serial number PZ187.

George Stewart DFC

Tommy Smith flew PZ187.

Tommy Smith

Eugene Gagnon flew PZ187.

Eugene Gagnon

These are some notes taken from the 23 Squadron diaries of Tommy Smith shot down on January 16, 1945.

01048 Never Say Die, low res

23 Squadron

August 31, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator Cockayne
Mosquito PZ172
Fresher Ops: Zuider Zee
Round trip: Hoorne-Harderwjick-Urk- Hoorne-LF& SL from Hoorne

September 1, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator Cockayne
Mosquito PZ315
Strafe patrol:
Weser Elbe canal, Hannover-Magdeburg
Rly, Schoningen-Hildesheim: Barges hit at Hannover, Braunschweig

September 11, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR215
Patrol:
Guissen & Lippe airfields, no activity. Strikes on goods trucks at Koblenz, Limburg, Guissen yards

September 12, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ187
Patrol: Stuttgart/Ectodingen A/F activity at Boblingen. Strikes on goods trucks at Kaisers Lautern yard

September 14
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ172
Daylight Escort at 20000ft.-fortress on Dutch coast.

September 19
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ334
Patrol: Achmer A/F No activity retired early. Bad visibility & no R/T

September 26
HR215 Patrol: Kitzingen A/F Turned back at Moselle. No pinpoints rad fog

September 28
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ187
Patrol:

Handorf A/F no activity. Low stratus. Spoof raid to
Terschelling, 22000ft.

September 29
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ187
Patrol:
Kolitzheim & Gerolshofen A/F’s
no activity

October 2, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ187
Patrol:
Hagenow A/F
no activity. Train hit SW of Hagenow, 3 trains, and 1 engine Hagenow junction. Train & engine hit S of Luneburg

October 15, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Patrol: Sylt A/F.
no activity.

October.19, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Patrol:
Biblis A/F.
no activity 2x500Ib.
Bombs on A/F

October.26, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Patrol:
Gutersloh A/F

No activity.
Attacked motor convoy at Delde on autobahn, 8 vehicles, 1 left burning

October.29, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Patrol
Stade A/F no activity

October.30, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneEscape photographs taken-moustaches shaved off-except Sammy’s

October.31, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ183
NFT and film unit co-op

October.31, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ183
Patrol: Munich/Schleisheim A/F
no activity 3 trains damaged: Aalen, Heilbrohn, Worms

November .2, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR215
Patrol:
Fritzlar A/F
no activity tarmac strafed strikes on hangar

November.4, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Recalled from ops: struck birds taking off.

November.6, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR215
Patrol:
Ardorf, Marx, and Varel; diverted to Woodbridge
Ardorf active, Marx lit, Varel inactive: no luck Bud Badley does ‘belly-landing’ at Woodbridge.

November 6, 1944
Returned to Snoring with Bud Badley (from Woodbridge)

November 18, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito HR217
Patrol: Plantlunne A/F
no activity

November 21, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator Cockayne
Mosquito PZ231
Patrol: Gutersloh A/F; active one Hun lit up by E.S.N’s No contacts

November.25, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ231
Patrol:
Stuttgart/Echterdingen A/F s unident T.E. A/C damaged on G.R. Hailfingen L/G 1 Ju88 damaged on GR. + 2 hangars strafed at Echterdingen A/F Loco & MT hit at Plochingen. Trains hit N. Stuttgart & N. of Karlsruhe

November.27, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ315
Patrol: Ober-Olm A/F
no activity low cloud

November.28, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ315
Spoof raid, 20,000ft.2x500Ib on Bonn (on Gee)

December.3, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ410
A.S.R. off Egmond coast for W/C Murphy

December .5, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito PZ410
Patrol:
Zellhousen A/F, Badenhousen L/G no activity 2 x 500Ib M.C. on Frankfurt/Rhein-Main A/F

December.22, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito RS517
ASH Patrol:
Echterdingen A/F strafed tarmac and buildings + Halfingen L/G strafed train at Heilbronn Hit pyrotechnic store: fireworks still visible 30 miles away

December.23, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito RS517
ASH Patrol:
Saschenheim A/F: not lit very foggy. Just cleared balloons at
Germersheim

December.27, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito RS507
ASH Patrol:
Halfingen L/G &  Stuttgart/Echterdingen A/F s
no activity: thick haze: generator failure

January .13, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator CockayneMosquito YP-A
Operational Intruder:
A/F not lit chased own ‘shadow’ on ASH for 15 mins.

January.14, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator Cockayne
Mosquito YP-M
Opn: intruder
Gutersloh
A/F, A/F lit hangars and tarmac strafed: 1 U/E A/C destroyed

January.16, 1944
Pilot Smith – Navigator Cockayne
Mosquito YP-C
Opn: intruder,
Stendal A/F, not yet returned

01048 Never Say Die, low res

Tommy Smith’s last mission

Very few people know that PZ187 was not in fact PZ187.

dirt

George Stewart told me about it.

How important is this? Probably not that important unless you write a blog about 23 Squadron a little known Mosquito Squadron based at Little Snoring.

2 thoughts on “De Havilland Mosquito Mk VI serial number PZ187

    1. PZ181 is the serial number of that Mosquito.
      Each plane had one.

      There were different types of Mosquitos.
      This one, Mosquto PZ181, was a Mosquito Mk VI used as a fighter-bomber on intruder missions.

      The Mosquito Mk IV was used as an unarmed bomber and a photo-reconnaissance plane.
      Hilary’s uncle flew one of those.

      http://johncustancebaker.wordpress.com/2013/11/23/john-custance-bakers-flight-records/

      Have a nice day. 72 years ago the world would never be the same.

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