An enquiry came into the Society for information about a B-25 that ditched in the sea off Beachy Head in 1944. Flight Officer Hodder had survived being shot down and his family were researching the details. There were no known pictures of his aircraft Daily Delivery.
We managed to trace Daily Delivery (photo below) but the crew was not F/O Hodder’s crew. This photo was taken a few weeks before the crash, but further research by colleagues of DAHS determined that the 180 Squadron crews rotated aircraft as operational restrictions dictated. So the question was which aircraft was ditched in the sea? F/O Hodder’s later memoirs of the event are written below, with the Squadron ORB recording the official account.
Bill Allom has asked for some more information on a number of incidents at Dunsfold during 1944 that don’t appear in our limited records. Bills father was stationed at Dunsfold with 180 Sqdn.
1 – The first is about a Mitchell FL 217 that crashed on landing on 20/6/1944. Bill states: “I think this date is correct my ORB copy is poor and hard to read”
2 – The second query: Bill says: ” My father returned on a mission with the hydraulics shot out. While the ORB does not indicate the plane crashed on landing it appears to never fly again. This occurred on 24/7/1944 in Mitchell FW 185. Dad records 40 hits a/c badly holed, hydraulics shot up. Could the undercarriage still be lowered with damaged hydraulics? I am unable to confirm if this aircraft returned to service or was written off. I hope you can help solve these mysteries.”