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.

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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.

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

 

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