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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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Grangemouth
18.12.1943 No 2 T.E.U. Spitfire VI R1744 F/O. Mosselmans

Operation: Training

Date: 18th December 1943 (Saturday)

Unit: No. 2 T.E.U. (1)

Type: Spitfire VI

Serial: R1744

Base: R.A.F. Grangemouth

Location: Outh Muir, Kinross Shire, Scotland

Pilot: F/O. Hendrik Lodewijk Mosselmans 150202 RAFVR. Age 19. Killed

REASON FOR LOSS:

During a training exercise his Spitfire collided with Spitfire P9371 flown by a Canadian Fl/Sgt. R.E. Smith.

The Spitfire flown by F/O. Mosselmans dived into the ground killing the pilot instantly. Fl/Sgt. Smith managed to land safely with damage category 'B' (2) to his aircraft.

(1) No. 2 T.E.U. (Tactical Exercise Unit) up to 17th October 1943 was part of 58 O.T.U. Although for a very short period it was known also as Combat Training Wing.

(2) Cat 'B' Damage - Beyond repair on site, repairable at a Maintenance Unit or at a contractor's works




Burial Details:

F/O. Hendrik Lodewijk Mosselmans. Grandsable Cemetery, Grangemouth. Sec I. Grave 43. Son of A. W. Mosselmans and Nancy H. Mosselmans (nee Van der Wyck), of Rousham, Oxfordshire, England.


Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks for additional information from the late Rob Philips, the Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided me with so much information and assistance during my visit, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


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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, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Stan D. Bishop, John A. Hey MBE, Gerrie Franken and Maco Cillessen - Losses of the US 8th and 9th Air Forces, Vols 1-6, Dr. Theo E.W. Boiton - Nachtjagd Combat Archives, Vols 1-13. Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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