Category Archives: Operational Flights

02/ix/44 – Last Patrol of the Tour

2nd September 14:10
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN & A/I PRACTICE
With S/Ldr Watts. A/I rather poor
1:00

21:00
PATROL – GCI 15083 (Radox)
10m off Normandy coast, between Avranches & Le Havre. At 6000ft over cloud. Bright moon & not a thing about.
3:55

And so almost a year to the day that he arrived at RAF Bradwell Bay to join 488(NZ) Squadron, Broody flies his last Operational Patrol of the tour. Today is also his final flight in “The Mighty E”.

In all, Broody has now flown a total of 176 hours 5 minutes on Operations. Of these, all were night operations apart from 35 minutes of daytime ops when he was scrambled to search for lost B17 Fortresses of the 8th USAF in January.

In that time, although he never had any “success” in destroying an enemy aircraft, the countless bogies discounted as friendly due to his interceptions played a valuable part in the war effort. There were, of course, some hairy moments. He was shot at a number of times (by allied aircraft); suffered mechanical failure; got coned in a German searchlight; and had a near miss with the French coast.

There are still a few more entries in the journal, and another month with the Squadron, but the Operational side is over – Broody has survived his war.


24/viii/44 – More A/I Mk.X training and a patrol off Le Havre

24th August 14:20
VICKERS ARMSTRONG WELLINGTON XI MP535 (A/I Mk X)
Pilot: F/O Collier
Instructor: F/Lt Clemo DFC
U/T Navigator (R): Self
U/T Navigator (R) F/O Skudder
U/T Navigator (R): F/S Brock
U/T Navigator (R): Sgt Tuffill
A/I Mk X – EXERCISE II
Crossing flights – target straight & level
2:00

19:50
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & A/C TEST
All Ok.
0:35

23:45
PATROL – GCI 15121 (Legion)
On North & South line, South East of Le Havre at 8000ft. Lively sea activity, but nothing in the air.
2:40


21/viii/44 – Patrol in very bad weather

21st August 03:20
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL
– GCI 15121 (Legion)
Le Havre & Liseaux area. Mostly at 7000ft, but between 5 & 12,000ft trying unsuccessfully to get out of Cu & Cu Nimb clouds. Very bumpy & severe electrical storm. Two bogies – both discounted on IFF before contact. Down to 500ft over Isle of Wight & rest of the way home. Bumpier still!
3:50

20:00
NFT
With W/O Moore, in poor weather.
0:30


18/viii/44 – Patrol off Le Havre with F/Lt Cook

18th August 03:20 
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/Lt Cook
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – GCI 15121 (Legion)
N & S Patrol @ 8,000 ft on a 20 mile line Soth East of Le havre. Nothing at all in the air, but much ground activity.
Starboard CSU fully coarse (1800rpm) while setting course for home – linkage broken. All Ok.
3:25


12/viii/44 – Patrol over France

12th August 14:40
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN & A/I PRACTICE
With P/O McCabe.
0:55

21:35
PATROL – GCI 15121 (Legion)
South East if Le Havre & Seine Estuary. One bogey – Mitchell. Engaged by Hun searchlights while breaking away after identifying it. Considerable activity on the ground to the West.
3:35

Also on this day, the body of P/O Oliver Hills was interred at Epsom Cemetery. You may remember that Hills was one of the early casualties of Broody’s tour. He and S/Ldr Dudley Hobbis were killed on 25/xi/43. F/O Jack Warner represented the Squadron at the burial.

 


09/viii/44 – Patrols at either end of the day

9th August 01:20
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – COL 15074 (Tailcoat One)
St Malo & Mont St Michel area at 5,000ft. One bogey – Stirling which kindly fired on us, without effect.
GCI 16081 (Tailcoat)
Rennes & Laval area at 4,000ft. Two bogies – a Stirling & a Lancaster. Otherwise very dull.
3:40

14:15
NFT, CINE-GUN & FORMATION
With F/O Robinson. Long run as target for W/O Addison DFC DFM & then formation beat-up of Robbie’s house & formation home. A/I switching circuit U/S on the way home.
1:15

21:40
NFT & IFF CHECK
On Robbie again – his IFF apparently U/S
0:15

PATROL – COL 15073 (Yardley One)
Cap de la Hague & Alderney area. No activity whatsoever.
2:50


06/viii/44 – Avranches patrol

6th August 03:20
DH Mosquito XIII MM622 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – GCI 15081 (Tailcoat)
At 8,000 ft East & West in Avranches area. No activity whatsoever.
3:10
(1 Do217 destroyed by F/Lt PFL Hall & F/O Rd’A Marriott
1 Do217 destroyed }
1 Do217 damaged } by F/S TA MacLean & F/O BC Grant)

This morning’s victories for the squadron came off the back of 9 kills already recorded for the month, and overtook the Squadron’s previous “monthly best” a mere 6 days into the month. Peter Hall’s victory was his eighth since joining the Squadron, and MacLean’s was his first.

The Do217 damaged by MacLean was a “freelance” attack after they lost contact with the GCI station following their earlier kill.


04/viii/44 – Starboard engine fire

4th August 14:50
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & A/C Test
A/C just out from a minor. Nice afternoon. NFT on a Lancaster & Supercharger test at 8,000ft, 50 miles SW of base. Tried to feather starboard motor. Prop feathered instantaneously & went into full fire. Losing 500 ft/min & just managed to get in on 1100yds downhill at Lulsgate Bottom. New motor & CSU!
0:40

AIRSPEED OXFORD II X6863
16:30
Pilot: F/O McKenzie
2nd Pilot: FIS Instructor
Passengers: F/O Scott & Self
LULSGATE BOTTOM ~ BASE
A lift home
0:40

DH Mosquito XIII MM515 ME-Z (A/I Mk.VIII)
18:20
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT & FEATHERING TEST
Check with W/O Mallon. This on OK
0:35

22:10
PATROL – COL 15074 (Tailcoat One)
At 4,000ft in Alderney, Cap de la Hague, Jersey & Guernsey area. No activity at all. BUT we had swapped patrols with F/O Shaw owing to the un-serviceability of his A/C
(1 Ju88 destroyed by W/Cdr RC Haine DFC & F/Lt AP Bowman
1 Ju88 destroyed } by F/O AL Shaw & F/Sgt L Wyman
1 Ju88 damaged }
2:45

Another drama filled day! Once again, an aircraft test just after a service resulted in a near catastrophic situation. The approximate position given by Broody of 50 miles South West of RAF Colerne puts him just north of Taunton when the engine caught fire. From there it is 30 miles North East (and most likely with favourable South Westerly winds)  to RAF Luslgate, which is nowadays better known as Bristol international Airport. The airport is less than 7 miles as the crow flies from where I sit writing this!


02/viii/44 – Patrol off Le Havre

2nd August 01:30
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – GCI 15083 (Radox)
In Le Havre & Caen area. No activity in the air but much on the ground. Recalled owing to weather & landed at Ford
(1 Ju88 destroyed by F/Lt PFL Hall & F/O Rd’A Marriott)
1:50

11:20
FORD ~ BASE
Weather quite fair
0:35

AIRSPEED OXFORD II T1018
14:25
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator: Self
Passenger: F/O Folley
BASE ~ SOUTH CERNEY
Roger going on a 48
0:20

14:50 (Less F/O Folley)
SOUTH CERNEY ~ NEWCHURCH
Missing the anti-diver balloons (on the left) & guns (on the right)
1:15

18:00
With F/Lt Carcasson & S/Ldr ??? RCAF (MO) as Passengers
NEWCHURCH ~ HESTON
To drop the S/Ldr
0:45

18:50
(Less S/Ldr ???)
HESTON ~ BASE
0:45

In addition to a one and a half hour long patrol in the early hours of the morning, Broody flew an additional 400 odd miles during the day!


20/vii/44 – Patrol in Cherbourg area

20th July 00:20
DH Mosquito XIII MM439 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Robinson
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – GCI 15801 (Tailcoat)
West of Cherbourg Peninsula & Bay de Mont St.Michel area. Several bogies – One Havoc, one Halifax, two broken off by control as friendly before contact & one no-contact suspected Hun almost out of GCI coverage. Down through 8,000 ft of cloud to land at base for a change.
2:55