De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30.

The Anglo-Belgian agreement of November 18th, 1946 regarding the delivery of aircraft and equipment by the United Kingdom to Belgium also included the formation of one nightfighter squadron equipped with 22 Mosquito NF30 fighters. The aircraft were delivered from november 1947 onwards with an additional two aircraft for use as instructional airframes. The nightfighter Mosquitos saw service with Nrs 10 and 11 Squadron and operated from Beauvechain. In 1953 two additional Mosquito NF30 were delivered. Build mainly out of balsa wood the service life of a Mosquito was limited and all operational aircraft were struck of charge by 1956 and scrapped.

MB-1 RAF-Serial: NT446
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 040245: delivered RAF
  • 270245-040445: RAF No 68 Sqn
  • 131147: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000047-000051: 10Sqn (ND-B)
  • 000051-000000: 11Sqn (KT-V)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-2 RAF-Serial: MM768
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 72 engines)
  • 010844: delivered RAF
  • 140844-061144: RAF No 410 Sqn
  • 211147: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000047-000051: 10Sqn (ND-H)
  • 000051-000000: 11Sqn (KT-Q)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-3 RAF-Serial: NT322
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 011244: delivered RAF
  • 040245-030545: RAF No 68 Sqn
  • 220148: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-090649: 10Sqn (ND-K)
  • 030649: crash Beauvechain
  • 200749: To Arsenal Evere and declared Cat.5 (tt 129:10 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Guy Destrebecq Collection

MB-4 RAF-Serial: NT300
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 211144: delivered RAF
  • 281244-260645: RAF No 456 Sqn
  • 230148: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (ND-C)
  • 000051-000000: 11Sqn (KT-T)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-5 RAF-Serial: NT368
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 110145: delivered RAF
  • 010245-040545 RAF: No 68 Sqn (code WM-L)
  • 030345: NT368/WM-L RAF No 68 Sqn, downed a Junkers Ju88 over the Channel
  • 280148: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051-000052: 10Sqn (ND-D/ -P)
  • 051252: crash Beauvechain, declared Cat.5

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Daniel Brackx Collection

MB-6 RAF-Serial: MT465
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 030944: delivered RAF
  • 031144-140645: used by 416 Squadron - U.S.Army Air Force, based in North Africa
  • 000000: returned to RAF
  • 040248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000049: 10Sqn
  • 150649: crash at Beauvechain (also 300549 has been quoted as a possible date !)
  • 250749: To Arsenal Evere and declared Cat.5 (tt 268:25 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-7 RAF-Serial: MV559
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 011144: delivered RAF
  • 091144-101245: RAF No 151 Sqn (code : DZ- )
  • 040248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000049: 10Sqn (ND-E)
  • 251149: Crash at Piètrebais. Both crewmembers were killed. Capt.nav.Paul Remy+1Lt.vl.Marcel Huls.
  • 291149: To Arsenal Evere (tt 404:50 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Daniel Brackx Collection

MB-8 RAF-Serial: MT491
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 200944: delivered RAF
  • 011044-101244: RAF No 85 Sqn
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 100248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051-000053: 10Sqn (ND-H)
  • 041253: Struck of Charge Beauvechain
  • 090454: To Technical School, Saffraanberg for use as instructional airframe for carpentry classes (no engines, avionics, radio, radar, armament or wiring)
  • 271055: To Arsenal Evere and sold for scrap (tt 728:30 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-9 RAF-Serial: NT314
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 291144: delivered RAF
  • 030145-220245: RAF No 488 Sqn
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 260445-160645: RAF No 410 Sqn
  • 26-270345: Downed a Junkers Ju88 during a night flying mission
  • 110348: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000049: 10Sqn
  • 131049: Cat.5 Crash at Wevelgem (also 141049 has been given !)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Daniel Brackx Collection

MB-10 RAF-Serial: MT499
  • Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 230944: delivered RAF
  • 041144-091144: RAF No 307 Sqn
  • 091144-081145: RAF No 406 Sqn
  • 060448: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000051: 10Sqn
  • 280852: Crash at Beauvechain
  • 050353: Moved to Arsenal Evere
  • 291053: Declared Cat.5 and sold for scrap (tt 559:35 hrs)

MB-11 RAF-Serial: NT377
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 140145: delivered RAF
  • 040245-040545 RAF No 68 Sqn
  • 000000: RAF No 410 Sqn ?
  • 290648: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000000: 10 & 11Sqn
  • 000051: coded KT-O (11Sqn)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Photo Belgian Air Force

MB-12 RAF-Serial: NT384
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 050145: delivered RAF
  • 220145-010545: RAF No 68 Sqn
  • 290648: allocated to Belgian Air Force
  • 220748: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051-000056: 10Sqn (ND-C)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-13 RAF-Serial: NT317
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 011244: delivered RAF
  • 041244-040545: RAF No 68 Sqn (WM-J)
  • 260848: Taken on Charge
  • 000048-000051: 10 Sqn & 11 Sqn
  • 000051: 11Sqn (KT-S)
  • 280951: Crash near Chaumont-Gistoux (near Beauvechain) during exercise "Cirrus"
  • 051051: To Arsenal Evere and declared Cat.5 (tt 135:30 hrs)

MB-14 RAF-Serial: NT362
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 040145: delivered RAF
  • 020245-180745: RAF No 239 Sqn, West Raynham (HB-S)
  • 020545: Last operational raid during WWII near Flensburg (Germany)
  • 090948: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000050: 10Sqn ND-A
  • 070850: Cat.5 After an overhaul the aircraft did a high speed taxi-test. During this one of the tires exploded, both legs of the undercarriage were ripped off and the aircraft ended on its belly.
  • 000000: Sold for scrap (tt 235:25 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Photo Belgian Air Force

MB-15 RAF-Serial: NT375
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 070145: delivered RAF
  • 090245-160645: RAF No 410Sqn
  • 000000: RAF No 68 Sqn ?
  • 090948: allocated to Blu
  • 090948: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051-000056: 10Sqn (ND-J)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-16 RAF-Serial: NT387
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 190145: delivered RAF
  • 200245-150645: RAF No 456 Sqn (RAAF) (RX-D?)
  • 160948: allocated to Blu
  • 161048: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000056: 10Sqn (ND-K)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-17 RAF-Serial: NT501
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 280245: delivered RAF
  • 240345-040146: RAF No 219 Sqn (FK-D)
  • 211248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000000: 11Sqn (KT-R)
  • 221251: Returnrd from overhaul at Fairey, Ringway Airport (Manchester)
  • 000048-000051: 10 & 11 Sqn
  • 000051: 11Sqn (KT-R)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-18 RAF-Serial: MM757
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 72 engines)
  • 260744: delivered RAF
  • 180844-111044: RAF No 410 Sqn
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 211248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-141050: 10Sqn (ND-I)
  • 141050: While doing an evening mission during exercise "Emperor" the aircraft collided with a RAF Wellingen near Birchinton (Kent) and crashed into the sea 5 miles North of Margate. The Wellington crashed in a swamp area between Birchington and Herne Bay. Both the Belgian crew of two and the RAF crew of five were killed in this accident. Kapt.vl.Christian Henrard+Sgt.nav.Joseph Tytgat.
  • 251050: Struck of Charge

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30. - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-19 RAF-Serial: NT275
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 021244: delivered RAF
  • 090245-160645: RAF No 410 Sqn
  • 211248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051: 10Sqn (ND-A)
  • 280651: Returned from overhaul at Fairey, Ringway Airport (Manchester)
  • 041252: Heavy landing at Beauvechain due to lack of hydraulic pressure on the brakes, left main landing gear collapsed. (also 051252 has been given as a possible date !)
  • 220153: To Arsenal Evere and declared Cat.5
  • 291053: Struck of Charge and sold for scrap (tt 489:45hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Photo Belgian Air Force

MB-20 RAF-Serial: NT330
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 111244: delivered RAF
  • 080145-240745: RAF No 85 + 239Sqn
  • 07-080245: Shoots down a Messerschmitt Bf110 near Goch (Germany) during a night mission.
  • 170345: Shoots down a Junkers Ju188 over Nürenberg (Germany)
  • 211248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000048-000051: 10Sqn (ND-E)
  • 000000: 10Sqn (ND-L)
  • 000051-000000: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen

MB-21 RAF-Serial: MM687
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 72 engines) (first build NF.30)
  • 310544: delivered RAF
  • 000000: used by De Havilland
  • 091244-260345: RAF No 456Sqn
  • 000445-150645: RAF No 456Sqn (RAAF) (RX-Z)
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 210149: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000049-000051: 10Sqn (ND-J)
  • 000051: 10Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-22 RAF-Serial: NT332
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 091244: delivered RAF
  • 281244-260645: RAF No 456 Sqn
  • 210149: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 000049-000051: 11Sqn (uncoded)
  • 000051-000056: 11Sqn (KT-M)
  • 000556: Struck of Charge
  • 171056: Sold for scrap at Beauvechain

MB-23 RAF-Serial: RK935
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 050545: delivered RAF, never used operationally, spend all its RAF-life in Maintenance Units
  • 291151: Allocated to Belgian Air Force
  • 110653: Crashed in the United Kingdom during a pre-delivery flight (tt 3:05 hrs)
  • 000000: Transferred to Sheppards Grove.
  • 081253+141253: Transported to Wevelgem by two C119s (CP1 & CP5), then to Arsenel, Evere and stripped for spares

MB-24 RAF-Serial: RK952
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 220545: First flight
  • 250545: Delivered RAF and transferred to 218 MU at Colerne where the radar and electronics were fitted, was never used operationally
  • 110745: Stored at 10 MU Hullavington
  • 311051: Sold to Belgian Air Force
  • 040953: Taken on Charge after a complete overhaul at Fairey Aviation, Ringway (Manchester)
  • 000053-000055: 10Sqn (ND-N)
  • 180855: Last Mosquito-flight (crew Capt.Jos Wijnen + Henri Boels)
  • 171056: Struck of Charge at Beauvechain (Lot N°13)
  • 170357: Transferred to Royal Army Museum, Brussels
  • 000068: Repainted at Koksijde and displayed for the occasion of the 50th Anniversay of the Belgian Military Aviation.
  • 000068-000079: Displayed in the Royal Army Museum, Brussels
  • 000079: Restauration is started by a team of volunteers, one of the engines is overhauled
  • 000084: After the repaint the restauration is stopped, a large number of parts is not refitted.
  • 000097: A new restauration is started, main task is to fit all the missing parts, including the radar which was missing when the aircraft arrived in the museum.
  • 000006: Preserved Brussels Air Museum

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30. - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Collection Laurent Heyligen



----- RAF-Serial: NT450
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 090245: delivered RAF
  • 270245-221145: RAF No 125 Sqn (VA-B)
  • 221145-160546: RAF No 264 Sqn
  • 230148-090848: RAF No 504Sq (RAD-O)
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 060149: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 100149: Prepared for transfer to Technical School, Tongeren
  • 240249: Transferred to Technical School, Tongeren and used as instructional airframe
  • 000051: Last noted at Tongeren
  • 080852: To Arsenal Evere
  • 291053: Struck of Charge at Evere and sold for scrap (tt 343:45 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Tongeren - Photo Rudy Binnemans

----- RAF-Serial: NT563
Built at Leavesden under contract 1576/SAS/C.23(a) (dated 0343) as Merlin NF30 (Merlin 76 engines)
  • 040445: delivered RAF
  • 210445-250845: RAF No 141 Sqn
  • 230348-090848: RAF No 504 Sqn
  • 000000: crash in Royal Air Force-service, was repaired
  • 000000: RAF No 58 MU
  • 101248: Taken on Charge BAF
  • 030349: Transported from Brustem to Technical School, and used as instructional airframe
  • 080852: To Arsenal Evere
  • 291053: Struck of Charge at Evere and sold for scrap (tt 128:40 hrs)

De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito NF.30 - Belgian Military Aircraft Database
Tongeren - Photo Rudy Binnemans








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