De Havilland Mosquito NF.Mk. II HJ921 ZK-U 25 Squadron Crashed 13:07:43

The aircraft crashed into gardens in Basford, Nottingham. Several witnesses reported the aircraft to be flying around the area, performing aerobatics. The aircraft stalled while in a steep, climbing turn, and crashed.
(It is believed that the pilot was trying to make his presence known to someone on the ground; a common practice at the time, which sometimes ended in tragedy.)

Sadly, both crewmembers were killed.

The crew were:

144280 Pilot Officer J GRUNDY RAFVR Pilot Aged 20

1375542 Flight Sergeant R T STEED RAFVR Passenger Aged 28

Flight Sergeant Steed was a pilot from 288 Squadron, and was an old friend of P/O Grundy's.

Pilot Officer Jack Grundy is buried at Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Cemetery.
Flight Sergeant Roy Thomas Steed is buried at Totteridge (St Andrew) Churchyard.

Thanks to Alan Clark for the information relating to Flight Sergeant Steed.

HJ921 Site 02a

The crash site of the Mosquito is now in mid-air, due to the allotment gardens that it crashed into being removed. The approximate position is just in front of the small tree in the centre of the photo.

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Pilot Officer Jack Grundy's grave in Nottingham (Wilford Hill) Cemetery.

He is at rest close to the crew of Fairey Battle L5499.

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