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.”
3 – Lastly an unidentified aircraft that is shown in three photographs from Bill’s fathers collection. It is assumed his father is seen on top of the crashed aircraft. Bill states: “These 3 photos are of a crashed Mitchell with the invasion stripes on it so it must have occurred post 6/6/1944 and before Sept 1944 when my father left 180 Sqd.”
If you can assist with any information on these three incidents please do contact us or post a comment at the bottom of this page.
The North American B-25 Mitchell is an American twin-engine, medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation (NAA). It was named in honor of Major General William “Billy” Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. Used by many Allied air forces, the B-25 served in every theater of World War II and after the war ended many remained in service, operating across four decades. Produced in numerous variants, nearly 10,000 Mitchells rolled from NAA factories. These included a few limited models, such as the United States Marine Corps’ PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces’ F-10 reconnaissance aircraft and AT-24 trainers.