14/ix/43 – First night flight in a Mosquito

14th September 20:10
DH Mosquito XII HK233 (A/I Mk VIII)
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator: Self
Night flying practice
Dusk map-reading, pundit-crawling & landings

A pundit crawl was a night navigational exercise which consisted of flying to four or five aerodromes in a sequence. Every aerodrome in the country had a tiny red beacon (pundit) mounted on it or near it. At dusk each pundit would begin flashing low-powered signals – usually a combination of two letters in Morse Code – enabling pilots who had an up-to-date list of the various call signs to identify the aerodrome.

(Source – A Thousand Shall Fall by Murray Peden)


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