DH Mosquito MM551 in Bratley Wood

This was actualy one of the first crashsites I visited back in the early 1980's but until recently I had all but forgotten about it as I couldn't remember which aircraft it was or indeed where it was other than somewhere in the New Forest.

A photo of Bratley woods from the internet(original author unknown)

It wasn't until Stuart, my walking buddy and chief researcher mentioned that he  might be going to the New Forest that I had recollections of visiting a crashsite there over 40 years ago. I was only 15 at the time and had been to Biggen Hill to have some tests to see if I was suitable to enter the RAF as a fighter pilot. I passed most of those tests but failed the eyesight one because I was colour blind. After leaving Biggen Hill instead of jumping on the train back to Newcastle I got on a Train to Bournemouth as I was going to spend a week staying with family friends in Christchurch.

Although this is not a photo of Bratley woods, it is very similar in appearance to the area where I found Mosquito remains.(photo sourced from internet, original author unknown)

 Unfortunately I didn't possess a camera at the time so have no photos of the visit and all I could remember was getting off a bus, crossing a busy road and going into some woods, where after passing a large herd of Deer I went into an open area of trees and found some pieces of the Mosquito. This information however was enough for Stuart to quickly identify both the Aircraft and the location.

More crash details.