Most interesting article about the Mosquito

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Excerpt

RAF trials – a high altitude radar guided dogfight

The arms race continued in all areas of the war. When the high altitude Junkers 86P was seen as a ‘speck of silver’ high above Britain in 1942, countermeasures were needed. It was ‘only’ a reconnaissance aircraft but it could not be allowed to operate unchallenged – the military build up in Britain was now moving up a gear or two.

One of the aircraft adapted to counter it was the Mosquito. The high altitude version was also stripped down of armament, given longer wings and an improved engine. The ace night fighter John Cunningham was one of the first operational pilots to give it a trial flight, in April 1943. His regular Navigator, C.F. Rawnsley, was with him, and wrote a memorable account of their first flight:

23 Squadron ORBs for November 1942

What about the crash of Mosquito Mk II DD797 which serial number was written in pencil?

Sometimes just one clue opens new doors in a search.

Williamson 1942 28 November ORB

This is what I found on this Website.

http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=70923

Date: 26-NOV-1942

Time:

Type: Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk.II

Owner/operator: 23 Sqn RAF
Registration: DD797
C/n / msn:

Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0

Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: West Mersea Essex – United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature: Military
Departure airport: RAF Bradwell Bay
Destination airport:

Narrative:
Crashed after take-off West Mersea Essex 26.11.42

Crew:
pilot ???
Sgt (1317574) Gurwyn Malcolm CRIDGE (obs) RAFVR – killed

Sources:
http://www.dehavilland.ukf.net/_DH98%20prodn%20list.txt (broken link)

The name of the pilot who was unknown is now known.

Date: 26-NOV-1942
Time:
Type: Silhouette image of generic MOSQ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk II
Owner/operator: 23 Sqn RAF
Registration: DD797
C/n / msn:
Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: West Mersea Essex –   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature: Military
Departure airport: RAF Bradwell Bay
Destination airport:

Narrative:
Crashed after take-off West Mersea Essex 26.11.42
Crew:
pilot Sgt Duncan Stuart Hutt
navigator Sgt (1317574) Gurwyn Malcolm CRIDGE (obs) RAFVR – killed

Sources:
https://no23squadron.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/26-november-1942-redux/

 

More information here about DD797.

DD797

Serial: DD797
Build Type: F.II, Merlin 21/22 engines
Build Location: Hatfield
Contract Number: 555/C.23(a)
Contract Date: 9-2-1941
Delivery Period: Between 25-2-1942 and 15-10-1942

 

And a painting of a 23 Squadron Mosquito Mk II

Mosquito Mk II

http://www.finesthourart.com/shop/mosquito.html

Just Joe IV

There was a Just Joe IV after all.

Rich sent this picture.

Just Joe IV modification

With this message.

Hi Pierre
Has anyone mentioned a Just Joe 4? 
Theo said Just Joe signified just an ordinary person doing what was expected.

Rich

About the wreck…

Peter Smith wrote this comment about the wreck.

In that case it was the plane Hector Goldie wrecked after they all drew short straws because none of the aircrew wanted to fly it. And Hector did a beautiful belly landing: the maintenance officer was happy because he now had spares. Bud Badley said the plane was a ‘beast’ and that it was the best thing to do with it.
I have a couple of pictures (photocopied so they’re not great) of the same aircraft just a different angle.

Best

Pete

I told him to send me his photocopies.

Just Joe pranged nose view Just Joe pranged

The maintenance officer was happy now…

If you have any information about 23 Squadron and you wish to share what you know, you can contact me using this form.

Just Joe Redux

I have received new information from Rich Cooper about Just Joe. I will just put it at the end for now and come back later with a follow-up post.

Just Joe will never be Just Joe anymore.

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That was the name of the Mosquito Theo Griffiths flew alongside Ric Maude.

Just Joe III and George Sutcliffe

This is not Ric Maude but George Sutcliffe alongside Just Joe III.

There were many Just Joes.

This is Just Joe II with Theo.

Just Joe 2 mod bw

Pilots called this a prang.

This is another view of Just Joe II.

Just Joe 3 mod bw

This next picture is Just Joe I.

pranged

Theodore Griffiths is alongside HX 868

This time Just Joe I was pranged by F/S Shattock and P/O Sutcliffe. This is most probably the plane Theo ferried to Malta…

HX 868.

image 3

That particular Mosquito had a bad reputation. Pilots did not want to fly it. To say that it was pranged intentionally would be an understatement.

End

Just Joe III