Ted’s Log Book page – March 17th, 1945

First entry: Freshman operation

Take-off 18:18

Plane Mosquito Mk VI YP-D

Pilot Flight Lieutenant Marks

Biblis area – Uneventful

Duration: 4:10

On March 17th, 1945, Ted Gosling flew on his first operation of the war. Ted Gosling’s relatives have been sharing information since 2013.

Jeremy is the latest one.

Hi Pierre

Hope you are very well. It’s been a long time since I sent you the information on my grandfather Ft Lt E L Gosling, a navigator on Mosquitos at the end of the war with 23 Squadron.

I’ve kept in touch with your page with interest since though. Congratulations on collating such body of work to commemorate these brave men.

I have recently come into possession of my grandfather’s RAF log book through his niece and thought I’d share some pages of interest with you. They are from 1945 and show operation info (including shooting up a train and a sighting of an Me 262), the VE Day fly past over London and the final day of the squadron at Little Snoring. Thought they might be of interest to you and your readers.

I’ve also got his original navigation books and a letter to the author of a book on 100 Group in which he details the use of different radar in Mosquitos.

My best wishes


Tony Marks Is Just a Name

Tony Marks is just a name on a scoreboard probably taken down by Johnny Rivaz when 23 Squadron flew its last operational sortie.

Operational record 004

Johnny Rivaz collection

That’s what Peter Smith thinks.

Tony Marks is also just a name on a picture in a family album…

23 Squadron end of the war 3

Gosling family collection

Tony Marks was Ted Gosling’s pilot, and he is buzzing Little Snoring.

Operational record montage

I would like to show you who he is on that picture, but for now Tony Marks is just a name…

For now that is… waiting for a relative to find this blog about 23 Squadron and pay homage to Tony Marks who is just a name.

photo 23 Squadron Crest

Gosling family collection

Waiting for a relative, or someone who knew him, just like members of Ted Gosling’s family who are now sharing precious artefacts to pay homage to their grandather Flight Lieutenant Edwin Lawrence Gosling, Tony Marks’ navigator. 

Flight Lieutenant Edwin Lawrence Gosling is not just a name on a scoreboard taken down when 23 Squadron flew its last operational sortie. The whole cyberworld knows who he is.

23 Squadron Gosling Memorial

Gosling family collection

23 Squadron Gosling Info

Gosling family collection

Ted Gosling is now much more than just a name on a scoreboard thanks to the information shared.

For now Flight Lieutenant Tony Marks remains just a name… eternally buzzing the airfield at Little Snoring on the day 23 Squadron was disbanded.

Tony Marks

Just the name of someone who would like some help from his relatives to land his Mosquito…

Tony Marks buzzing the airfield