27.04.1944 No. 305 Squadron Mosquito VI LR329 F/O. Mathias DFC
Operation: Night training exercise
Date: 27th April 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 305 Squadron (Polish)
Type: Mosquito VI
Base: RAF Lasham, Hampshire
Location: Wells Road, North Creake, Norfolk.
Pilot: F/O. John Edward Mathias DFC. 162961 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
Nav: Fl/Lt. Thomas Wilson Irwin 128022 RAFVR Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a night navigation exercise it is believed that the Mosquito lost a wing and dived into the ground at Wells Road, North Creake, Norfolk, killing both of the crew.
A memorial tablet is on the front entrance to a property in North Creak. We have no details who placed this. It can be viewed from the lane - but please respect the owner's privacy!
F/O. John Edward Mathias DFC.Narberth Church Cemetery. N.W. Sec Row 3. Grave 29. Son of William Griffiths Mathias and Daisy Victoria Mathias, of Narberth, Wales.
Fl/Lt. Thomas Wilson Irwin. Wallasey (Rake Lane) Cemetery. Sec 14.G. Grave 180. Son of Charles Ernest and Elizabeth Jane Irwin (née Jones), of Wallasey, Merseyside, England.
Researched for relatives of these crews with thanks for additional information to Mike Berrell for photo of Narberth Church.