22/xii/43 – Training runs and search for aircraft

22nd December 11:30
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, Cine-Gun, A/I Practice & A/C Search
Bit of practice & cine-gun on a Lancaster, then on Mosquito. Stooge as target & finally search for an A/C heard calling control on Darby. Very hazy: no joy.

2 runs: 2 contacts: 2 visuals: 2 murders – chilly target. Then up to 26,000ft to wait for Huns – who went back home

One function of 488(NZ) Squadron in addition to Night Interceptions, was to search for and lead to safety, aircraft who were lost or unsure of their position, utilising  with their Radar capability. On this occasion, the aircraft search was unsuccessful.


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