7/i/44 – Bullseye Exercise and Patrol

7th January 14:35
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & Cine-Gun
0:35

19:30
MASS-RAID BULLSEYE & PATROL – Searchlights
12 murders: 4 Lancasters – 3 Halifaxes – 2 Whitleys – 2 Wellingtons – 1 Stirling
8 of them in 22 minutes. All great fun. Blown on our back by a Halifax. “Indications” towards the end, but no joy
2:15

A “Bullseye” exercise was a bombing practice exercise for Allied Bomber Command aircraft. On this occasion, Broody and Jack were able to test their A/I and search & destroy skills amongst a mass of allied bombers. A good result from the crew demonstrate their ability to track down and destroy aircraft extremely well. A casual reference to HK227 being blown onto her back by a Halifax bomber shows both how close these aircraft got to each other, and the skill of Jack Scott in recovering from the situation to ensure they both landed safely. “All great fun”? It sounds frightening to me!

Halifax-mk3

A Halifax Bomber – similar to the one that flipped HK227 onto her back.

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