24/xii/43 – Christmas Eve trip to Hatfield to pick up spares

24th December 14:15
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
BASE ~ HATFIELD
Going to collect spares, but clouds of smoke from A/I – Carbon Pote[?] Regulator burnt out – so returned forthwith for another aeroplane.
0:10

14:55
DH Mosquito XIII HK420 ME-B (A/I Mk.VIII)
BASE ~ HATFIELD
OK this time. Particularly poor visibility
0:20

15:40
HATFIELD ~ BASE & NFT
Short & very bumpy airfield for takeoff, but OK. NFT on way home on formation of Fortresses & a Beaufighter
0:40

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