9th April 14:20
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
A/I Completely U/S
DH Mosquito XIII HK532 ME-U [?] (A/I Mk.VIII)
NFT & Exercise IV
Head-on interception with mild evasive
After just over 6 months of faithful service, today saw Broody’s last flight in THE MIGHTY “E” The First, his regular Mk.XII Mosquito. From 488(NZ) Squadron, HK227 went on to 51 OTU (where Broody came from prior to his posting at 488).
Sadly, less than a year later on 09/iii/45, HK227 crashed on landing after a training exercise at RAF Cranfield with the loss of 2 Czechoslovakian airmen, Pilot W/O František RAŠKA, and his Navigator, Sgt. Karel HÁJEK (MM).
By this time, Broody was stationed at RAF Cranfield, and may well have witnessed the final demise of his first regular Operational aircraft.