31/x/43 – New pilot, new plane, and first Operational Patrol

31st October 14:30
DH Mosquito XIII HK365 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator: Self
Weapon bent

DH Mosquito XII HK227 (A/I Mk.VIII)
[THE MIGHTY “E” The First]
Dusk – Dark NFT on target’s nav. lights

PATROL – Trimley
Uneventful at 26,000ft for 2 hrs, apart from both engines cutting on changing tanks (owing to petrol feed freeze), then chasing Huns in small circles over Ipswich. One fleeting contact (probably a phoney). Returned with mistaken “petrol shortage”

After months of training and familiarisation with the Mosquito NF and A/I Mk.VIII, Broody finally flies operationally for the first time. An “uneventful” patrol under the control of Trimley Ground Control Interception (GCI) station which featured a loss of both engines (albeit briefly), a fleeting contact of what both Broody and Scott suspected may have been a German aircraft and an early return with suspected fuel shortage. This does not sound like an uneventful flight in my mind – perhaps an indication of the high levels of training and professionalism shown by our RAF crews!

Today’s pilot, John Hancock Scott (Jack) was to become Broody’s regular pilot for the rest of the tour.

The aircraft used for the 2nd and 3rd flights of the day HK227 was to become Scott & Broodbank’s regular aircraft. The nickname “The Mighty E” comes from the tail code ME-E (ME was the 488 Squadron identifier).


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