24.09.1944 No. 305 Squadron Mosquito FB VI PZ302/LR262 Fl/Sgt’s. Hogg - Tucknott
Operation: Training flight
Date: 24th September 1944 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 305 (Polish Squadron)
Type: De Havilland Mosquito FB V1 (1)
Serial: LR262 / PZ302
Code: SM-Q / SM-?
Base: RAF Lasham, Hampshire
Location: Over Lasham airfield, Hampshire.
Pilot: LR262 - Fl/Sgt. Basil Jack Hogg 1245813 RAFVR Age 24. Killed
Pilot: PZ302 - Fl/Lt. Antoni Widawski P-1632 PAF Age 33. Killed
Navigator/W/Op: LR262 - Fl/Sgt. Alan Jesse Tucknott 1396477 RAFVR Age 22. Killed
Navigator/W/Op: PZ302 - Sq/Ldr. Tomasz Samulski PAF Age 44. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During the day, operational record books state that there were six test flights carried out by various aircraft. No further details apart from the two aircraft collided over the airfield during a training flight. Some reports state that they were returning from an operation over France, but we believe that this is incorrect.
(1) LR262 was built in Hatfield between 17th October 1943 and the 8th January 1944. The variant FB.VI Mosquito was developed as a Fighter bomber. Developed from the NF.II with Rolls- Royce Merlin 22, 23 and 25 engines. Armament - Four 20mm cannon and four .303in Browning machine guns. plus two 50 gallon jettison-able wing tanks or two 500lb. bombs (or extra tankage in the fuselage behind the cannon). Provision was made in 1944 to carry four 60lb. rockets under each wing in place of the wing tanks or bombs for attacks on shipping.
Above Fl/Lt. Antoni Widawski with 305 Squadron Mosquito - this one SM-O.
Burial details - LR262:
Fl/Sgt. Basil Jack Hogg. Norwich (The Rosary) Cemetery, Norfolk, England. Sec. P. Grave 1.2/623. Son of Alfred Charles and Mercy Catherine Hogg, husband of Maud Hogg, of Norwich, Norfolk, England.
Fl/Sgt. Alan Jesse Tucknott. Telscombe (St. Laurence) Churchyard, Sussex, England. Grave 94. Son of Jesse Newnham Tucknott and Mabel Gertrude Tucknott, of Norfolk Lodge, Roderick Avenue, Peacehaven, husband of Elsie May Jessie Tucknott, of Deptford, London, England.
Burial details - PZ302:
Fl/Lt. Antoni Widawski. Newark Cemetery, Nottinghamshire, England. Sect. N. Grave 326. Born on the 27th January 1911 in Lublin, Poland. No further details available.
Sq/Ldr. Tomasz Samulski. Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey. Born on the 11th December 1900 in Rozdrażew, Poland. He was the chaplain for 305 Squadron, who also flew as a navigator. No further details available.
Researched for relatives of both crews. With thanks to the following for the supply of further details: Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - "Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945", Jerzy Bogdan Cynk - "The Polish Airforce At War" Vol. 2.