On 1944-08-03, Pilot C P Ashworth (Flying Officer, RNZAF) with servicenumber NZ.413367 flew a Mustang III with serial FB208 for this duty: Bombing. His mission was not completed. Circumstances of the aircraft loss are unknown. This aircraft was a part of squadron no. 65. The location for the map is the English Channel. Circumstances at the end of this mission for Ashworth: he was killed. He is commemorated at: Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom.
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It was raining hard early in the morning of August 3rd, though it cleared mid-morning. The weather was very cloudy and visibility low (10/10) when he took off at 10h34 with 12 other aircraft. At 500 metres he saw the barges plus four 88-mm guns and 8 batteries of 20mm and 37mm protecting the bridges and ferries located on this part of the Seine. Flying Officer Corran Perry Ashworth was seen at 4,000 feet commencing his pull out when his aircraft (Mustang III, number FB-208, USAF serial number 42-103102) appeared to explode, going down in a ball of flame and plunging into the river. The exact cause is not known but some very accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire was experienced at the time and it is probable that one of his bombs was hit by some. He was in the last section to go down and no guns were fired. Flying Officer Ashworth was classified as missing believed killed and later reclassified to "presumed dead".
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