25/xi/43 – Chasing an enemy fighter back to France

25th November 14:05
DH Mosquito XIII HK365 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, Cine-Gun & AI Practice
Fortresses and Marauder for targets

18:30
PATROL – Trimley
Chase with contact well above (fighter at 24,000 ft.) Unable to chase owing to loss of range. Contact lost in peel-off. Regained with GCI help, diving away. Overshot trying to get down & called off at French Coast – Boost control cut-out pulled for 10 mins. Moving fast!

At this stage in the war, with France still occupied by the Germans, the Mosquitos of 488(NZ) Squadron which were equipped with the top secret AI radar were under orders not to chase enemy aircraft over France. This was to ensure that the Germans could not capture a Mosquito and gain vital intelligence on the Allies use of Radar.

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