Grove 26 SEP 1944 Scans via Robert Peel and from George Stewart 23 SQN/George Stewart/website Updated: 19 DEC 2014
George Stewarts album:
From from George Stewart's album. See more from George Stewart underneath these photos taken during the flight.
Den 26. september 1944 startede 2 Mosquitos fra 23 Squadron på et togt til Danmark. "Vestallierede luftangreb i Danmark under 2. verdenskrig" s. 580 har detaljer, der her uddybes af George Stewart i 2014 i en beretning via Robert Peel,
hvis far Richard Peel var navigatør under Shellhusangrebet.
Et gigantisk bombeangreb på Grove og 5 andre
flyvepladser med 447 B-17 og
"Ja, jeg var leder af en
flyvning med to Mosquitoer fra 23 Squadron på dag angreb
Vi mente vi gerne ville prøve dette og have
skud på nært hold mod nogle få
Vi krydsede Nordsøen under lavt skydække kun for
at se det forsvinde ved kysten
Ved kysten skød jeg mod en
(se mere her) med kanoner og maskingeværer, idet
jeg huskede de mange gange vi var blevet set af dem om
kaldte ham op over radioen uden at få svar, og da der var skyer hele vejen
Han blev hårdt ramt, da han fulgte mig under mit
angreb. Han mistede en motor,
Sammy Hoare blev rasende og
aflyste alle ture af den slags i fremtiden.
On 26 SEP 1944 2 Mosquitos from 23 Squadron took off on a Day Ranger
to Denmark. "Western Allied Air Raids in Denmark during World War II" p 580
has details, here with more from George Stewart in 2014 in an account via
Robert Peel whose father Richard Peel was a Navigator in the Shell House Attack.
A gigantic bombing raid on Grove and 5 other airfields with 447 B-17s and
261 B-24s escorted by 52 P-47s and 566 P-51s planned for 02 APR 1945 was cancelled due to bad weather in the target area.
(Source: "Western Allied Air Raids in Denmark during World War II" p. 601)
"Yes, I led a flight of 2 Mosquitos from 23 Sqdn,
on a Day Ranger, with F/L
We thought would like to try this, and have a "Pot Shot" at a few enemy aircraft, under cloud cover in a "Hit and Run" raid.
We crossed the North Sea, under this low cloud.
only to find it disappear at the Danish coast. We continued on to Grove anyway
for a quick pass if we could find
Suddenly, over my port wing, I saw a man pulling
camouflage netting over an
Looking ahead, I spotted an aircraft on the
horizon parked at the far side of the aerodrome! I pulled up sharply to prepare
to strafe it, and closed in to fire! Bud
At the coast, I took a pass at a Freya
(see more here), with
Apparently Bud did the same, and I disappeared into cloud I flew safely west to England!
I radioed him, but had no reply, and as there was cloud all around, I couldn't have found him. Sadly we carried on, hoping he just had radio problems!
I landed back at Little Snoring, when ages later, this "Thing" came flying at a crazy angle flew overhead. It was Bud, who carried on to Woodbridge, to land safely.
He was hit severely, as he followed me in my
attack. He lost one engine, rudder
Sammy Hoare in a rage, cancelled all such trips in the future.
Sadly we lost Bud a few months ago, but his
brilliant flying and courageous spirit
Seeing this on 15 AUG 2014 George Stewart added,