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109 Squadron Crest
27.12.1944. No. 109 Squadron Mosquito XVI ML961 Fl/Lt. William M. Hodgson

Operation: Rheydt

Date: 27th December 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 109 Squadron

Type: Mosquito XV1

Serial: ML961

Code: HS-?

Base: RAF Staughton, Cambridgeshire

Location: Keent, Netherlands

Pilot: Fl/Lt. William McKellar Hodgson AFM. DFC. 129945 RAFVR Age 24. Killed

Nav: F/O. Alfred John Cork DFM. 168811 (1152931) RAFVR Age ? Survived

REASON FOR LOSS:

Taking off at 13:00 hrs from the pathfinder base at RAF Staughton.

It seems that the navigator baled out from the aircraft when behind allied lines and returned to RAF Staughton some 4 days later.

No further details as to why this aircraft was lost and would appreciate any further information as Claudio Meunier is currently researching Argentinian and South American RAF personnel for a future publication.

Burial details:

Fl/Lt. William McKellar Hodgson AFM. DFC. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery. Grave XII.F.6. Son of Dr. Ernest Ralph Waterhouse Hodgson (bone specialist) and Mary Lees McKellar Hodgson, of Cardal, Florida, Uruguay.

Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to Claudio G. Meunier Argentinian researcher for Aircrew Remembered.

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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