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Lasham_1
03-26-2004, 12:51 PM
I thought, starting the weekend, I would drop a line about my choice of call-sign which ppl might find interesting. Lasham airfield just down the road from me in sleepy rural Hampshire was created in 1942 and became an important base for 2nd TAF squadrons. Initially with some Hurris & Spit Vbs, followed soon by a Typhoon wing and then some B25 of 320 Squadron. These all then moved to forward bases and were replaced by RAF Mustang squadrons. These immediately converted to Mossie B VI versions and it was one of these Sq that took part in the pinpoint daylight attack on the Gestapo records office in The Hague to destroy records of different groups of ppl the Nazis were determined to wipe out.

An amusing story highlighting the need for improved ac recognition involved a Lasham Mossie on returning over the Channel was shot down by a US Mustang, crash-landing at the coast. Mustang 1 v 0 Mossie.The Mossie pilot (also an American) managed to trace the Mustang Sq from the pony's code letters, drove to their base, seeked out the culprit & left him unconcious. Mustang 1 v 1 Mossie. All's fair in love & war.
Now Lasham is just a glider club, but I do wonder what it would have been like to have been a kid then watching all these fantastic ac flying off over the hedgrows to do BoE!

Have a great weekend...from Lasham_1

Lasham_1
03-26-2004, 12:51 PM
I thought, starting the weekend, I would drop a line about my choice of call-sign which ppl might find interesting. Lasham airfield just down the road from me in sleepy rural Hampshire was created in 1942 and became an important base for 2nd TAF squadrons. Initially with some Hurris & Spit Vbs, followed soon by a Typhoon wing and then some B25 of 320 Squadron. These all then moved to forward bases and were replaced by RAF Mustang squadrons. These immediately converted to Mossie B VI versions and it was one of these Sq that took part in the pinpoint daylight attack on the Gestapo records office in The Hague to destroy records of different groups of ppl the Nazis were determined to wipe out.

An amusing story highlighting the need for improved ac recognition involved a Lasham Mossie on returning over the Channel was shot down by a US Mustang, crash-landing at the coast. Mustang 1 v 0 Mossie.The Mossie pilot (also an American) managed to trace the Mustang Sq from the pony's code letters, drove to their base, seeked out the culprit & left him unconcious. Mustang 1 v 1 Mossie. All's fair in love & war.
Now Lasham is just a glider club, but I do wonder what it would have been like to have been a kid then watching all these fantastic ac flying off over the hedgrows to do BoE!

Have a great weekend...from Lasham_1

Dunkelgrun
03-28-2004, 11:23 AM
Just read your V1 thread so I came to see what you were on about. I updated the maps around Lasham for the Ordnance Survey many years ago (1981?). Do they still have the aero museum/collection on the northern side? And I know it's a long time ago but the Royal Oak was a fair pub then as well.
Cheers!

PS Good story!

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Monty_Thrud
03-28-2004, 01:58 PM
What a great little story...nice one Lasham_1 http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/images/smiley/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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