05/vi/44 – Visit from New Zealand Dignitaries

5th June 16:05
DH Mosquito XIII HK534 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
Crew just a trifle inebriated after a lunch for Mrs Fraser (Wife of NZ Prime Minister), with Miss Jordan (daughter of NZ High Commissioner) & A/Cdre Olson (AOC RNZAF in England). Our own A/C at Exeter, getting a new starboard engine.

How times have changed! A boozy lunch with New Zealand dignitaries followed by flying while still under the influence to some extent only a few hours later!

Air Commodore Edward George Olson DSO had a distinguished career in the RNZAF. He joined up in 1925, and went on to serve as the Commanding Officer of 75(NZ) Squadron in 1942. The citation for his DSO, awarded only a month before he visited 488(NZ) Squadron read:

“Group Captain Olson is a most experienced pilot who has completed nearly 4,000 flying hours. Until August 1942, he was in command of a squadron where he frequently took part in operations. Since then his wide knowledge of flying and firm but tactful handling of men have displayed most efficiently and effectively in command of a Bomber station. By his efforts he has raised [its] operational standard to a high level”

The ORB records that ME-E was forced to land at Exeter during a patrol by F/O Longley and W/O Whewell of “B” Flight during a patrol on the night of 04/vi/44.


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