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L to R - Lt Elbert Foster Harris (Nav) 1st Lt Ronald Max Nichols (Pilot) in front of de Havilland DH98 Mosquito NS533 at RAF Watton.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 653rd Bomb Squadron


  • Elbert Harris

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Navigator
    On August 12, 1944, pilot Nichols and navigator Harris were on a weather scout report to Russia and Italy. Fell to friendly P-51 fire over Toulouse, France. Mosquito caught fire, he climbed out the hatch, hit by the stabilizer and fell spinning....

  • Ronald Nichols

    Military | First Lieutenant | pilot
    Assigned to 654BS, 25BG, 8AF USAAF. On 12-Aug-44, pilot Nichols and navigator Harris were on a weather scout report to Russia and Italy in a Mosquito bomber. Fell to friendly P-51 fire over Toulouse, France KIA ...


  • NS533

    Misidentified and shot down by a USAAF P-51 of the 357th Fighter Group at about 11:45 hrs. The Mustang pilot and his wingman climbed to engage from 23,000 feet and the Mosquito spun in from 29,000 feet. In the after action reports, both P-51 pilots...


  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


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31 December 2014 14:08:42 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations, place associations and aircraft associations