Tag Archives: Exminster GCI

29/v/44 – Shot at by a Beaufighter

29th May 02:30
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL & GCI PRACTICE ~ Exminster & Hope Cove (Type 16)
During a flap – 1 run: 1 contact: 1 visual: 1 murder, then on to Hope Cove Type 16 after a bogey – Wellington at 2000ft with lights on. Back on Exminster after another bogey – which proved to be a Mosquito of 604 Squadron, shot down by another type who then had a go at us. Having got rid of him, another quiet practice run. Then home!
2:50

The Mosquito of 604 Squadron, MM503 was shot down in error by a Beaufighter MM920 (WM-Y) of 68 Squadron off Lyme Bay.

The pilot, F/Lt C.L. HARRIS survived, but sadly the Navigator, Sgt E.B HOPKINSON was killed.

In 2 days, the crews of 488 Squadron were on both sides of Friendly Fire incidents. We are now only a week away from D-Day and the invasion of German occupied France – One can only imagine the pressure these men must have been under at the time.

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21/v/44 – Patrol and Canopy Exercise.

21/v/44
21st May 15:00
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN & A/I PRACTICE
Landed at Colerne to collect Squash balls.
0:40

16:10
COLERNE ~ BASE
0:20

22:25
PATROL – Exminster. CANOPY EXERCISE – Portland
Stooge patrol – one run as target.
13 runs over canopy – quite efficient once awake.
Generator & Lucero U/S on the way home
3:00

Also on this day, it was announced that Sqn Ldr Edward Bunting and Flt Lt Phil Reed had been awarded a Bar to their DFCs; and that Flt Lt Johnny Hall and Plt Off Jock Cairns had been awarded a DFC.


09/v/44 – First Operational flight from Wiltshire

9th May 14:25 
RAF Colerne
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN, A/I PRACTICE & SECTOR RECONNAISANCE
1:00

21:30
DUSK PATROL & GCI PRACTICE – Exminster
1 run: 1 contact: 1 visual: 1 murder
Generator failed while over the sea – Returned OK without using A/I or R/T
1:50