7th June 02:30
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – Fighter Direction Tender 217
Patrolling in Pool 2 & Beach-head area. Completely uneventful – not even the expected FW190’s at dawn. A very draughty aeroplane.
The image below shows a section of Broody’s flying map for today, showing the location of Fighter pool 2 to the ENE of Pointe de Barfluer and the positions of the 2 Fighter Direction Tenders FDT216 and FDT217 in the Bay of the Seine.
The Operations Record Book describes how the aircraft of 2 crews (W/O Patrick & F/Sgt Concannon and P/O Vlotman & F/Sgt Wood) were damaged. W/O Patrick’s by friendly bombers which disabled the Port engine; and P/O Vlotman’s by Allied flak which damaged the tail plane. In respect of W/O Patrick’s one-engined return to base, the ORB says:
“… the Crew landed their Aircraft safely on one engine at their base; bringing the damaged aircraft back from France was a very meritorious feat on the part of W/O Patrick.”
The Focke-Wulf Fw 190 was a German single-seat, single-engine fighter aircraft.