YP-O

My favourite hobby

My Forgotten Hobby

De Havilland Mosquito serial number PZ437 was YP-O.
It was written off March 27, 1945.
Eugene got his DFC when he brought this plane safely to Little Snoring on one engine.

This is what happened according to the official records…

F540 entry 27 March 1945.

F/L Gagnon and F/O Harris were detailed for an Anti-Flak patrol of Elbe River and Ludwigslust area. On the outward journey the CSU became u/s causing vibration of starboard engine, which developed excessively, so course was set for base. Eventually the engine failed completely. Great difficulty was found in maintaining height and at 4000 ft fuel tanks were jettisoned but only starboard drop tank released. Port engine started cutting 90 miles from English coast. This (trying to drop port tank) was repeated four time and 10 miles from the coast fuel tank unexpectedly jettisoned. R/T was very weak and communication to Coltishall was made through GOODCHILD…

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