Monthly Archives: January 2014

Summary for January 1944

SUMMARY for JANUARY

TOTAL MOSQUITO DAY 10H45M
TOTAL MOSQUITO NIGHT 6H30M
TOTAL NIGHT OPERATIONS 6H25M
TOTAL DAY OPERATIONS     35 M

January 1944 was a quiet month for Broody with only 7 hours of operational flying. The ORB records a generally quiet month for the whole squadron, but there are a few points of note.

On 2/1/44, W/Cdr R C Haine DFC took over command of the Squadron after W/Cdr Hamley left following a promotion to take command of 62 OTU.

On the same day, F/O Bergman & F/O Bishop intercepted and destroyed a Me 410. Bergman ended up having to land his aircraft (HK461) at Marston after several more chases following engine failure due to enemy action.

On 21/1/44, F/Lt Johnny Hall and his Navigator F/O Jock Cairns, flying aircraft HK380, scored the Squadron’s first “double” when they destroyed a Do 217 and a Ju88 on the same Patrol. As a result of this, they were ordered by “the Air Mashall Commanding Air Defence of Great Britain” to “proceed to the Air Ministry for Public Relations purposes“, where they were interviewed by the BBC and newspaper journalists.

Much to their embarrassment, the duo were photographed and described in a Sunday newspaper as “The Flying Tigers”. Leslie Hunt recalls in his book that much ribbing ensued, including being served plates of raw meat in the mess! Both men took this banter in good humour, with Jock “growling ferociously as he took our leg-pulling in good part.”

Johnny Cairns was broadcast on the nine o’clock news talking about night-fighting, which lead to more ribbing. Hunt recalls Hall’s retorts (which only served to increase the ferocity of the banter) which included “We don’t listen to the news – we make it!” and “Actually we could have got more than 2 Huns, but we knew our suppers were getting cold”

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31/i/44

31st January 13:40
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT
Under Trimley vectors, but owing to lack of briefing the intended IFF MkII D demonstration was not given.
1:15


28/i/44

28th January 11:35
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINÉ-GUN & VHF B/A
Various targets. Back-beam work on B/A
0:50


27/i/44

27th January 13:50
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & CINÉ-GUN
Target sitting among a formation of Fortresses
0:50


24/i/44 – Aircraft test in strong winds and low cloud

24th January 14:25
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT
Round the circuit 1-2,000ft in rapidly deteriorating weather
0:55

18:00
DH Mosquito XIII HK367 (A/I Mk.VIII)
A/C TEST
Very unpleasant trip. 50 – 60 mph gusty crosswind – whence terrific take-off swing. Very bumpy: cloud 300ft – shocking visibility & R/T U/S. Another swing on landing & starboard brake binding.
0:05


23/i/44 – 2 Patrols (weather recall)

23rd January 14:35
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINÉ-GUN & A/I PRACTICE
Short practice.
0:55

18:05
PATROL – Trimley
Up to 14,000 ft, then recalled for a front to pass through.
2:35

20:15
PATROL & CGI PRACTICE – Trimley
3 runs: 3 contacts: 3 visual: 3 murders. Warm target
2:25


22/i/44 – NFT, undercarriage locking pins left in

22nd January 14:25
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & A/I PRACTICE
First time airborne, the wheels failed to come up – the U/C locking caps having been left on. Returned to have them removed & then OK.
1:10


21/i/44

21st January 14:25
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
A/C Test & A/I PRACTICE
Up to 16,000ft to check blowers. Single-engined flying on each in turn. Stooging as target for a U/T crew, then some A/I Practice.
1:50


19/i/44 – Very quick NFT in poor weather

19th January 13:55
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT
Very bad weather – rapid check at 2-300ft
0:10


16/i/44

16th January 14:05
DH Mosquito XII HK234 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINÉ-GUN & A/I PRACTICE
Up to 15,000ft to check playmate’s blowers. Odd spot of formation.
0:45