Tag Archives: IFF

09/vii/44 – Eventful Patrol

9th July 00:15
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scot
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – GCI 15082 (Yardley)
E&W Patrol parallel with the beaches. Very eventful. 3 bogies:
(i) Mosquito with resins & IFF – Well behaved.
(ii) Definite Hun. Contact at 9,000 ft over Bayeux. Target dived through cloud & flak, evading hard to sea-level. (Our altimeter reading 600 ft.) Continued to evade & pilot got a fleeting visual in the moon at 3,000 ft – believed a He177 or Ju188. Finally lost contact up the Seine estuary near Honfleur, where returns from the coast blotted out the tube, we having to climb steeply to avoid hitting the coast.
(iii) Another Mosquito being shot at over Cherbourg. Contact at 7,000ft – dived to 5,000 ft & did two orbits & a sharp 90° turn before visual. One resin & weak IFF.
Weather unfit at base & Hurn. Landed Ford.
3:40

11:20
FORD ~ BASE
Shocking weather – cloud at 300ft & much rain.
0:25

The story of the 2nd contact of the evening is one that I remember my grandfather telling me about. The enemy aircraft flew towards the coastal cliffs, and directed by a beacon or radio signal, pulled up at the last minute. As ME-E was not fitted with an appropriate receiver, they did not get the signal, and only through good fortune and keen eyes did they spot the oncoming cliff in time, and were able to climb to avoid hitting the coast.


08/vii/44 – Channel Islands Patrol

8th July 00:25
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scot
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – 21 Sector Mobile Ops Room & Bedlam
Jersey, Guernsey, Cap de la Hague area. Much activity apparently very low down – only one intact obtained head-on freelancing and identified by IFF. Activity on Guernsey airfield suspected – unusual searchlight.
3:05

15:30
NFT & A/I PRACTICE
Quick check at 4,000 ft with F/Lt Webbe. Excellent weather.
0:35


15/vi/44 Patrol and Success for F/Lt P Hall

15th June 00:30
DH Mosquito XIII HK427 ME-L (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
PATROL – Fighter Direction Tender 216
In east of beach area, le Havre & Caen. Considerable activity. Two bogies – one discounted on account of IFF & one Halifax.
(1 Ju 88 destroyed by F/Lt PFL Hall & F/O Rd’A. Marriott)
2:40

F/Lt Peter Hall and his Nav/Rad Flg Off Dick Marriott, flying in aircraft MM513 ME-D destroyed a Ju88 approximately 7 miles west of St-Lô. The “Pilots Personal Combat Report” reads:

“On patrol near Bayeux I was given 240 degs. By GCI 82, onto a bogey at 8 miles range, target travelling 320 degs. After various vectors contact obtained at 2 miles range, at 0220 hrs. Height 7,000 ft. Course 340 degs. Closed on gently weaving and climbing target and got visual of Ju.88, rnage 1,000ft, height 9,000 ft. Opened fire at 200 yds range, dead astern. Strikes seen and enemy aircraft peeled off to port. Second burst fired as he peeled off, without effect. Visual lost but contact held on AI as target dived to 4,000 ft, weaving. Second visual obtained at a range of 1,000 ft. Several short bursts were fired from which further strikes were seen. Finally, I closed to 100 yds, and E/A exploded after a one second burst. E/A disappeared below, flaming, and hit the ground where wreckage was seen clearly burning. Position probably 5 to 10 miles south west of St-Lô [approximate position given as 49°N 01° 10’W]. Debris was felt to strike own A/C and radiator temperature of starboard engine was seen to rise, so that airscrew was feathered and we returned to base, switching on the R/T when required. Landed Zeals 0325 hrs”

This was Peter Hall’s 3rd victory of his tour to date


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
 


29/iv/44 – Clocking up flying hours in ME-E

29th April 14:10
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII
L)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, CINE-GUN, A/I EXERCISE II & VHF B/A
Hard evasive by target in all planes. B/A U/S again.
1:10

22:00
G.L IFF CHECK (CLACTON G.D.A)
PATROL – Trimley
PATROL & C.H.L PRACTICE – Foreness
1 run: 1 contact: 1 visual: 1 murder
Bit of everything to fly hours of A/C, ready for Minor. Trimley having R/T trouble on all channels
3:25

Clacton G.D.A was a Gun Defended Area – simply an Artillery installation on the coast.


1/ii/44 – IFF Mk. IId Demonstration

1st February 14:05
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT, Cine-Gun & Mk IId IFF DEMONSTRATION
Demonstration carried out properly this time
1:15


31/i/44

31st January 13:40
DH Mosquito XII HK227 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: P/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
NFT
Under Trimley vectors, but owing to lack of briefing the intended IFF MkII D demonstration was not given.
1:15


22/xi/43 – Aircraft abandoned after cockpit fire

22nd November 16:25
DH Mosquito XIII HK368 (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator (R): Self
AIR TEST
Poor landing first time – offensive remarks by Navigator resulted in another take-off. Second time red light for Starboard wheel showed all the time, so came in with light on & horn blowing – holding selectors down. Landed OK & stopped engines to put in ground u/c locks. Starboard engine refused to restart on aircraft acco. Plugged in trolley-acc & IIIG  IFF Control panel caught fire on “Contact”
A/C abandoned!

Today Broody was back flying with W/Cdr Hamley, the CO of the Squadron; and his old pilot from OTU days. I am not sure what this episode tells us about the relationship between Broody and the CO, but I am sure that in normal circles, verbally abusing the CO was definitely not acceptable! This story could easily have had a nasty ending, though. The second take-off leading an eventful landing with undercarriage failure and ultimately a fire in the cockpit from the IFF panel!!