27th December 14:55
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & CINÉ-GUN
A/I completely U/S – no picture at all
Very close-range ciné-gun on a Fortress
More or less OK this time
PATROL – Foreness
Not a successful trip. Starting a patrol on Foreness & showers of sparks & flame appeared from the Port engine: rapid Granny Homing, with engine throttled back. A/I U/S on way back – no marker pips on Beacon range & messy A/I picture. Landed OK using engine a little. Finally brakes packed up at dispersal. Found exhaust manifold burnt out
Pasted in the journal opposite this entry are 2 ciné-gun stills. One is labelled “Fortress (very close!). This may well be a copy of the exposed film from today’s NFT. The ciné-guns used were G45 Gun Cameras. On the Mk XIII Mosquito, these were fitted on the Port side, just forward of the access hatch.
Another shortened patrol as a result of kit failure, in this instance an engine on fire. Mosquitos were well able to fly on one engine, but the presence of fire on an aircraft made of wood must have been a frightening experience!