On Friday, 10 November 1944, (a part of) the aircraft of the 608 squadron (RCAF), took off for a mission to Hannover in Germany from a station (airfield) in or near Downham Market.
One of the crew members was Flight Lieutenant S D Webb RCAF. He departed for his mission at 21:55.
He flew with a Mosquito (type XX, with serial KB360 and code 6T-H). His mission and of the other crew members was planned for Saturday, 11 November 1944.
Additional information sent by mail by Dave (thanks!)
Type: De Havilland Mosquito B.Mk.XX - 608 (North Riding) Sqn RAF
Call Sign: H - Harry.
Location: Maltmas Farm, Friday Bridge, Wisbech Cambridgeshire.
Crash Grid Ref: 52.608729 0.154388
Departure: RAF Downham Market, Runway A.
KB360 - On a mission to Hannover t/o 21:55 Downham Market but soon after take off the port engine failed. Bombs and tanks jettisoned and engine feathered but unable to maintain stable flight. Aircraft stalled at low altitude. Found upside down with under cart retracted and locked.
Crew: F/tLt (J/5122) Stuart Douglas WEBB (pilot) RCAF - killed
F/O CAMPBELL (nav.) RAFVR - Injured (I can't find any information about this man whatsoever, not even an initial)
Because of the radio silence rule no one knew anything had gone wrong until it was noted that the airplane had failed to return from the raid.
The crew were posted as missing. Next morning the Mosquito was discovered upside down in a field near to Friday Bridge at Maltmas Farm.
The pilot and the navigator were still alive but both very badly injured. It had been a bitterly cold night, however, and the effect of this, together
with the injuries sustained, proved fatal for Stuart.
KB360 was one of a batch of DH98 Mosquito B Mk.XX built by De Haviland Canada at their Downsview, Toronto plant under contract No. BsB 2115,
delivered in July 1944. The aircraft was fitted with two Packard Merlin 33 engines. It was flown to Britain via Gander in Newfoundland, and arrived
at Prestwick in July 1944 and was then transferred to No.13 Maintenance Unit for modifications. In August 1944 she was delivered to 608 Squadron,
at RAF Downham Market.
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