|Pilot F/O William Clarke Tufnell, RAAF 415700 (KIA / BR)
Navigator P/O Victor Abel, RAAF 422089 (KIA / BR)
Crashed September 13, 1944
Built by DeHavilland as Model 98 Mosquito. Delivered to the Royal Air Force (RAF) and assigned Serial Number HP886.
Crashed near Mysore, India. Witnesses stated the aircraft was streaming black smoke before it crashed.
The aircraft was practicing attacks on another aircraft, 5,000 feet above the ground. After one of these mock attacks, the aircraft disappeared underneath the target aircraft, possibly being thrown upside down by the slipstream.
Both crew members are now buried at the Madras War Cemetery, Chennai.
Australian War Memorial - Collection Database Item P02231.001 (Photo of crew)
RAAFDB - Mosquito HP886
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile
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January 5, 2018