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Irwin, Wesley Douglas (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Action 1944-11-22

Birth Date: 1910-11-11 (age 34)

Born: Stratford Ontario

Son of William and Ida Irwin, husband of Eliza Matilda Irwin, of Pitsea.

Husband of Eliza Matilda Irwin, of Pitsea.

Home: Stratford, Ontario

627 Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
At First Sight
Flight Lieutenant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
627 Squadron (At first sight). Target- Trondheim, Norway. Mosquito aircraft DZ 642 crashed north-west of the Shetland Islands. The RAF pilot was also killed. addendum 2: See page 352. Mk. IV Mosquito aircraft DZ642 was "Marker Three" of three Mosquitos from 627 Squadron which were to mark the target at the U-boat pens at Trndheim for the Lancasters of Five Group. The Mosquitos first flew from Woodhal Spa to Lossiemouth where their fuel tanks were to be topped up. For some reason, 642 was not refuelled and the error was not noticed by the pilot on take-off. For part of the f l ight to Trondheim, one of the Lancasters had its radio transmission button in the "on" position, and details of the target were inadvetently transmitted to the Germans. When the aircraft arrived at Trondheim, the target was hidden under a smoke screen, and the mission had to be aborted. By that time, 642 was now very short of fuel and the pilot headed for Shetland with the intention of landing at Scatsta. With its radio faulty, the other two Mosquitos accompanied the aircraft to relay messages. Contact was made with air-sea rescue at Lerwick which reported the Shetland weather as ten-tenths cloud at a thousand feet, with patches down to eight hundred feet. The unit also gave the aircraft a course which would bring it within sight of the Sandra light at Sumburgh. When 642 came within radio range of Sumburgh, the other two Mosquitos set course for Pterhead. As they flew south, the pilots heard Sumburgh warning 642 of high ground along its route, but no acknowledgment was transmitted. Radio contact between the Mosquito and Sumburgh was very bad, the last message from the aircraft being that it was turning onto a course of 230 degrees. It was not until December 6th that three men driving sheep on Royl Field Hill came across the crashed Mosquito. It had not caught fire in the crash and its fuel tanks were found to be empty. The pilot of the Mosquito RAF FiL. J.A. Reid was buried at Winchester. Detail and photo provided by David E. Thompson, Stockton-on-Tees, England.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Crew on Mosquito B.Mk. IV DZ642

de Havilland Mosquito

(British Aerospace photo) (Source Bomber Command Museum of Canada)

The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was a British twin-engine shoulder-winged multi-role combat aircraft, introduced during the Second World War. It was one of few operational front-line aircraft of the era whose frame was constructed almost entirely of wood. Nicknamed The Wooden Wonder, it was affectionately as the "Mossie" to its crews. The total number of DH98 Mosquito aircraft built was 7,781, the type serving with the main Allied air forces, including both the United States and Russia.

When Mosquito production began in 1941 it was the fastest propeller driven operational aircraft in the world. The first variant was an unarmed, high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft. Originally conceived as an unarmed fast bomber, the Mosquito's use evolved during the war into many roles including low to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, and maritime strike aircraft. It was also used by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) as a fast transport to carry small high-value cargoes to, and from, neutral countries, through enemy-controlled airspace. The crew of two, pilot and navigator, sat side by side, but a single passenger could ride in the aircraft's bomb bay when necessary.

The Mosquito FB Mk. VI was often flown in special raids, such as Operation Jericho, an attack on Amiens Prison in early 1944, and precision attacks against military intelligence, security and police facilities (such as Gestapo headquarters). On the 10th anniversary of the Nazi' seizure of power in 1943, a morning Mosquito attack knocked out the main Berlin broadcasting station while Hermann Göring was speaking, putting his speech off the air. Göring later said: "It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops."

The Mosquito flew with the RCAF and other air forces in the European, Mediterranean and Italian theatres. After the end of the Second World War Spartan Air Services flew 10 ex-RAF Mosquitoes, mostly B.35's plus one of only six PR.35's built, for high-altitude photographic survey work in Canada. There are approximately 30 non-flying Mosquitos around the world with five airworthy examples, three in the United States, one in Canada and one in New Zealand. Harold Skaarup web page and Wikipedia

YouTube Mosquito

Museum BAE Systems (formerly De Havilland)

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Mosquito

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications USAAF F-8 Mosquito Serial Numbers

RCAF Roundel Mosquitos shipped to Taiwanese Airforce

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last update: 2024-04-02 03:00:18

Mosquito B.Mk. IV DZ642

1944-11-22 Accident Crash Flew into hill near Sumburgh

627 Sqn- Squadron (RAF) At First Sight

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