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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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109 Squadron Crest
24/25.04.1945 No. 109 Squadron Mosquito IX LR508 Fl/Lt. John T. McGreal DFC

Operation: Schleissheim.

Date: 24/25th April 1945 (Tuesday/Wednesday)

Unit: 109 Squadron

Type: Mosquito IX.

Serial: LR508

Code: HS-?

Location: Melsbroek, Brussels.

Pilot: Fl/Lt. John Trevor McGreal DFC NZ/415706 RNZAF Age 32. Killed

Nav: P/O. Thomas Lynn DFC. DFM. 187095 RAFVR Age 29. Killed.


Took-off from Little Staughton at 22:13 hrs to attack an airfield. Homebound for some unknown reason the crew tried to get into Brussels - Melsbroek, but overshot the airfield and dived into the ground.

New Zealand Pilots, 109 Squadron March 1945, at Little Staughton, Fl/Lt. John McGreal, front row 1st on the left.

Burial Details:

Fl/Lt. John Trevor McGreal DFC. Brussels Town Cemetery. Plot X. Row 21. Grave 53. Son of John and Elsie May McGreal, of Otahuhu, Auckland New Zealand, husband of Nora Patricia McGreal, of SandrIngham, Auckland, New Zealand.

P/O. Thomas Lynn DFC. DFM. Brussels Town cemetery. Plot X. Row 21. Grave 52. Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Lynn, of Ferryhill, Co. Durham, England.

Researched for relatives of the crew. Sources as quoted below.

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