04.05.1945 No. 19 Squadron Mustang IVA KH674 P/O. Natta
Date: 04th May 1945 (Friday)
Unit: No. 19 Squadron - 13 Group (motto - Possunt quia posse videntur - 'They can because they think they can')
Type: Mustang IVA
Base: RAF Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Location: Kattegat, Denmark
Pilot: P/O. Basil Matthew Cameron Natta NZ/422308 RNZAF Age 22. Missing - believed killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Leaving RAF Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland with five others from the squadron at 13:15 hrs to escort a Mosquito force to attack Fyn Island and other targets in the Kattegat. Mustangs from 234 Squadron accompanying them.
After attacking an E Boat off the coast of Denmark KH674 collided with Mustang KH818 QV-F flown by 32 year old, Fl/Lt. Joseph Davidson at around 1541 hrs - both pilots listed as missing. Another pilot from 234 squadron was hit by flak during the return trip. P/O. Peter J.W. Bell flying Mustang KH860 AZ-G, despite being wounded made a forced landing and evaded capture with the help from the great Danish people.
The surrender of all German forces in Denmark and Holland was announced on the BBC evening news on the radio at 20:35 on 04 May 1945. Shortly afterwards on the 08th May 1945, all German forces on land, sea and air offered their surrender unconditionally. However - the war continued in the Far East, with thousands more to sadly lose their lives.
P/O. Basil Matthew Cameron Natta. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 285. The Son of James Anthony and Hilda Natta and the husband of Isabella Don Natta, of Mangakino, Auckland, New Zealand.
Fl/Lt. Joseph Davidson. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 265. The son of Alexander Livingstone Davidson and Margaret Davidson, and the husband of Elizabeth Wood Davidson, of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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, other sources as quoted below: