17th February 15:45
DH Mosquito XII HK228 ME-C (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Wilson
Navigator (R): Self
Quick run-round in bad weather. Weapon bent & poor pilot
This is the first reference in Broody’s journal of a Pilot’s lack of ability. The last flight with Jack Scott was on 01/ii/44, followed by a lack of flying until 2 flights with Lt Davies on 12/ii/44 and 14/ii/44 and then today’s flight with F/O Wilson. Although I have no evidence to corroborate my theory, it is likely that Jack was on leave for this period.
There is no further information on why Broody thought Wilson’s flying was poor, but my grandfather was not a man given to dishing out criticism without good reason.