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  de Havilland Mosquito Serial Number A52-526  
1 Squadron

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Jim Donohue 1945

Aircraft History
Built by de Havilland in the United Kingdom as a Mosquito FB.VI. Assigned Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number HR336. Painted dark green with overall medium sea gray. Disassembled and shipped overseas to Australia and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Mosquito A52-526. On March 3, 1945 assigned to 1 Squadron based at Kingaroy. Coded E-NA. No known nickname or nose art.

On March 18, 1945 flown to Morotai along with Mosquito A52-505 as part of a detachment bound for the Philippines, piloted by FOFF Alex Barras and navigator POFF Eric Hart on a ferry flight bound for the Philippines. During the flight, strafed a barge and huts in New Guinea becoming the first South West Pacific Area (SWPA) Mosquito to fire its guns in anger. This aircraft arrived at Clark Field for testing against captured Japanese aircraft. While in the Philippines, a number of U. S. Army Air Force pilots offered a lot of money to go for a test flight in these aircraft.

By July 1945 stripped to bare aluminum and operated from Amberley Airfield. On July 17, 1945 suffered a taxi accident due to mud at Labaun Airfield. Afterwards, repaired and engines replaced two days later. On July 30, 1945 assigned to 3 Air Depot (3 AD).

On December 21, 1945 placed into storage at Archerfield Airfield. On March 10, 1946 sold. Ultimate fate unknown, likely scrapped.

WW2 Nominal Roll - Alexander Edward Owen Barras
WW2 Nominal Roll - Eric William Hart
AWM NEA0666 1945-07-17. Three De Havilland (Australia) Mosquito fighter-bomber aircraft of No. 1 Squadron
Modelcraft page 15
RAAF Camouflage & Markings 1939-1945 Volume 2 page 98
ADF Serials - Mosquito A52-526
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information

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September 9, 2020


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