19/xii/43 – New aircraft, acting as target for A/I practice

19th December 15:20
DH Mosquito XIII HK420 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN & A/I Practice
New A/C as target, so up to 15,000ft to check superchargers & then following violent evasive action down again
1:00

22:00
PATROL & GCI Practice – Trimley
3 run: 3 contacts: 3 visuals: 3 murders & fairly warm target
A/I not too good
2:35

 

HK420 (ME-B) was delivered to the Squadron early in December. Today’s NFT and training evolutions put the aircraft as well as the crew through its paces. The “violent evasive action” while acting as a target aircraft for A/I practice would have ensured she was fit for purpose and good to go. There is no mention as to how the Navigator felt about the weaving and turning!!

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