21/iv/44 – Early Morning Scramble & Formation Exercise “London”

21st April 04:45
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
SCRAMBLE – Trimley: VHF B/A
Early morning scramble from bed for a Hun hurrying home from reconnaissance over Newcastle – no joy. Back home at dawn for a few beam runs.
1:25

14:55
EXERCISE ”LONDON” & NFT

1 W/C R.C.HAINE F/L A.P.BOWMAN ME-M
2 F/L P.F.L.HALL F/O R.d’A.MARRIOTT ME-D
3 F/L W.R.COOK F/O L.W.WARNER ME-L
4 F/O J.H.SCOTT F/O A.J.BROODBANK ME-E
5 S/L R.G.WATTS F/O J.L.HUNT ME-F

Exercise for aerodrome A.A defences (see over)
[IMAGE REPRODUCED BELOW]
Followed by normal NFT
Formation take-off – 4 A/C on runway together
1:35

21:55
PATROL & GCI PRACTICE – Trimley
2 runs: 2 contacts: 2 visuals: 2 murders
Bad weather – not at all a pleasant trip
2:40

Extract from A.J Broodbank's journal, showing details of Exercise "London" - 21/iv/44

Extract from A.J Broodbank’s journal, showing details of Exercise “London” – 21/iv/44

Another busy day for Broody, which started with a Scramble from bed. After almost an hour and a half on operations, he and Jack had 9 hours off before taking off again as one of 5 aircraft flying in formation for Exercise London. The information about this exercise provides fantastic detail, and is one of the very few references to aircraft tail codes. Also interesting is that the 5th aircraft in the formation, flown by Ron Watts had Leslie Hunt the Squadron’s Intelligence Officer in the Navigator’s seat, not Roger Folley who was Ron’s regular Navigator.

In total, Broody flew 5 hours and 45 minutes today – 4:10 of these were Operational!

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