20.02.1945 No. 45 Group Delivery Flight Mosquito B.25 KB475 Fl/Lt. Goldhaar
Operation: Delivery Flight
Date: 20th February 1945 (Tuesday)
Unit: No. 45 Group
Type: Mosquito B.25
Code: None issued
Base: Dorval, Quebec, Canada
Location: Lajes Airfield, Azores
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Jerzy Mieczyslaw Goldhaar P-0678 PAF Age 30. Killed
Nav: F/O. Thomas Henry Monson NZ/417306 RNZAF Age 31. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Taking part in a trans Atlantic delivery flight from Quebec in Canada to Britain.
During the final leg the aircraft swung to port on take off at 10:39 hrs. from Lajes Airfield on the island of Terceira in the Azores. Both crew were killed when the aircraft crashed on the airfield and burnt out.
Fl/Lt. Jerzy Mieczyslaw Goldhaar. Lajes War Cemetery. Row B. Grave 6. Born on the 11th January 1915 in Białobrzegi, Poland. Also of 301 (P) Squadron.
F/O. Thomas Henry Monson. Lajes War Cemetery. Row B. Grave 7. Son of Thomas E. A. Monson and of Alice Jane Monson (née Roberts), of Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand and husband of Jean Monson, of Montreal, Province of Quebec, Canada.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Weekly News of New Zealand, Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Krzystka List, other sources as quoted below: