Mosquito Recovery 04/08/07
We will remember them.
This is a record of the recovery of
Mosquito KB224 from 1655 Mosquito Training Unit
This Mosquito was one of 200 Mk XX Mosquitoes delivered
between March and July 1944 by DH Canada, Downsview.
Serial KB224 from 1655 Mosquito Training Unit. 'Control
lost in turbulence; bunted and wing detached, Lebbitts Wood, Salop, 19.8.44.'
The crew were recovered from the
scene in 1944
The team intend to erect a
permanent memorial at the site.
This site was first excavated 20 years ago
by another group who managed to recover an engine and other pieces unknown.
At the bottom of the hole a cylindrical
shape suddenly appeared. There was a bombing range close to the sight of the
Mosquito crash and by a quirk of fate the Mosquito came down right on top of a
500Lb unexploded bomb. This bomb did
not belong to the aircraft recovered as the records show it was empty at the
time of the crash. The dig was
immediately suspended by the dig supervisor Gareth, we all retreated and the
authorities were called. The MOD and
Police reacted quickly to secure the area and the bomb was exploded in situ.
The safe disposal of this Bomb could possibly have saved the farmer from being
blown up, we will never know . Its a credit to Gareth and the team of the care
taken when excavating the site that the bomb was not set off.
The Bomb appears, at this point the dig was suspended and
we all retreated to a safe distance.
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contact me and I will seek the permission of the team.
The Police and bomb disposal arrive
RAF Bomb disposal experts Brave men
The bomb was excavated further by the MOD
EXPLOSION The Bomb is safely
Having heard about my Mosquito project the team has kindly
located three more Mosquito crash sites and are currently applying for licence
to dig them. The wreckage will be used to help make the Spitfire Spares Mosquito
as original as possible and create a unique display in our unit . I cannot thank