15th March 11:00
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
Quick check & a spot of formation.
DH Mosquito XII HK137 ME-O (A/I Mk.VIII)
Another effort without a target. A/I & A/C U/S
DH Mosquito XII HK381 ME-W (A/I Mk.VIII)
SCRAMBLE – Searchlights
Scramble in name only, on the third A/C for the day. On orbit near IAZ & chasing a contact out west. Long chase & finally identified Halifax III climbing at 120 mph @ 15,000ft. No hostile joy.
Below is a photo of HK137 (ME-O), the second aircraft used by Broody & Jack today. This photo has been reproduced in several books with the aircraft incorrectly identified as HK197 (ME-F). Unfortunately, this has now been accepted as fact – leading historians and researchers astray with duff information. This is the second incorrectly identified aircraft I have uncovered during my research, which has lead me to try and double check all the serial number / tail code combinations I have stumbled across. Sometime this has been easy, and other times less so unless I get lucky. See The Mystery of HK365 for another example of poor sourcing and research!
Nevertheless, it is fantastic to have such a good copy photograph of an aircraft that Broody flew in.