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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

Serial: KB475

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.

Burial details:

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:

KTY - 19.12.2017

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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