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Mosquito crash in Barroway Drove

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#1 Janice



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 12:37 PM

Hi I'm new to the forum and am looking for help in identifying a Mosquito which crashed in Barroway Drove during WW2. The Barroway Drove History Group is trying to identify the crew members who were killed in order to put them on a new war memorial.


The crash is believed to have happened after the middle of 1943 - one resident insists it was on 1st October 1944 at 8.30pm although this does not tally with another who says he watched it approaching (i.e. in daylight).


Stories differ between one & two casualties who may have bailed out at a low altitude and been killed.


The local stations at RAF Downham Market & RAF Marham seem to have been ruled out as the base for the aircraft.


I have tried searching the ASN wikibase for Mosquitos without finding any likely crashes. A Mosquito is about the only piece of data that everyone seems to agree on. 


A search on http://www.rafcomman...rdead/index.phpfor 1st October 1944 produces no casualties whose deaths were registered in Downham district.


With no info on squadron or crew is there any way of finding details of the crash.

I'm told that Mr Croxford received compensation after the war for the loss of his cow and shed. Do you know where I would be likely to find records of this?


Any help would be much appreciated.

Janice Thomson

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 01:12 PM

Have You considered whether there actually was casualities or it only is telltales?

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 02:36 PM

Janice I have asked on another board which usually very good with such requests.



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Posted 16 April 2017 - 05:17 PM

Hi Janice,

     Welcome to the community. I do not have the knowledge you seek in your

quest but I have faith in Kutscha's ability to at least be able to steer you in the

right direction. Good luck and God's speed on your quest.



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Posted 28 April 2017 - 12:05 PM

At one point when debating the effectiveness of Mosquitoes there was a link to a listing that recorded the fate of every airframe. This might be a good starting point

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