Tag Archives: Peter Hall

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.

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Summary for July 1944

SUMMARY for JULY

TOTAL MOSQUITO DAY 8H05M
TOTAL OXFORD DAY 1H05M
TOTAL DAY FLYING 9H10M
TOTAL MOSQUITO NIGHT 21H35M
TOTAL NIGHT OPERATIONS 21H35M

As reflected in Broody’s flying hours for the month, Squadron activity increased in July after a lull in June on account of poor weather. In the early part of the month, many crews were forced to land at either Hurn or Ford on account of poor visibility at Zeals.

On 28/vii/44, the Squadron moved some 25 miles north to RAF Colerne. Aircrew were billeted in tented accommodation.

July also saw the Squadron’s longest period of “no activity” – it was not until 29/vii/44 that any success was recorded. In all, 7 enemy aircraft were destroyed by 488(NZ) Squadron in July:

Peter Hall & Dick Marriott  – 2 Kills

“Robbie” Robinson & Terry Clark – 1 Kill

Norman Crookes & Jamie Jameson – 4 Kills

 

 

 


Summary for June 1944

SUMMARY for JUNE

TOTAL MOSQUITO DAY 9H05M
TOTAL OXFORD DAY 2H35M
TOTAL DAY FLYING 11H40M
TOTAL MOSQUITO NIGHT 18H00M
TOTAL NIGHT OPERATIONS 18H00M

Poor weather reduced the activity of the Squadron this month, although there was a slight increase in Night Flying hours for Broody compared to May.

The month was, however, the most successful to date for the Squadron, with a total of nine enemy aircraft destroyed as follows:

S/Ldr Bunting – 2
F/Lt Jameson – 2
F/Lt Hall P – 2
F/O Robinson – 1
P/O Vlotman – 1
P/O McCabe – 1

(See entries 21 to 29 on the Squadron Victories page for more detail)


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


23/v/44 – Trip to Colerne for Stores

23rd May 11:20
Airspeed Oxford II X7293
Pilot: F/L Hall
Navigator: Self
Passenger: F/L Styles
BASE ~ COLERNE
For maps & stores. Navigator driving.
0:20

12:30
COLERNE ~ BASE
Navigator instrument-flying.
0:20


28/iv/44 – Operational flights at either end of the day

28th April 04:00
DH Mosquito XIII HK534 (A/I Mk.VIII
L)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
SCRAMBLE – Searchlights
After intruders, but none our way.
2:10

14:20
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIIIL)
NFT, A/I EXERCISE V & FORMATION
Following a “dirty dive” & formation with F/L P.F.L.Hall, to Cryalls (Kent) & return – Via Gravesend & W.Malling
1:00

23:15
PATROL & GCI PRACTICE – Trimley
1 run: 1 contact: 1 visual: 1 murder
2:45

Almost 5 Operational hours flown in one day, starting at 04:00 in the morning, with the final landing 22 hours later. You can only imagine the levels of fatigue as a result of such a long day – the adrenalin, concentration and stress that the crews must have been subject to.


21/iv/44 – Early Morning Scramble & Formation Exercise “London”

21st April 04:45
DH Mosquito XIII MM558 ME-E (A/I Mk.VIII)
Pilot: F/O Scott
Navigator (R): Self
SCRAMBLE – Trimley: VHF B/A
Early morning scramble from bed for a Hun hurrying home from reconnaissance over Newcastle – no joy. Back home at dawn for a few beam runs.
1:25

14:55
EXERCISE ”LONDON” & NFT

1 W/C R.C.HAINE F/L A.P.BOWMAN ME-M
2 F/L P.F.L.HALL F/O R.d’A.MARRIOTT ME-D
3 F/L W.R.COOK F/O L.W.WARNER ME-L
4 F/O J.H.SCOTT F/O A.J.BROODBANK ME-E
5 S/L R.G.WATTS F/O J.L.HUNT ME-F

Exercise for aerodrome A.A defences (see over)
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Followed by normal NFT
Formation take-off – 4 A/C on runway together
1:35

21:55
PATROL & GCI PRACTICE – Trimley
2 runs: 2 contacts: 2 visuals: 2 murders
Bad weather – not at all a pleasant trip
2:40

Extract from A.J Broodbank's journal, showing details of Exercise "London" - 21/iv/44

Extract from A.J Broodbank’s journal, showing details of Exercise “London” – 21/iv/44

Another busy day for Broody, which started with a Scramble from bed. After almost an hour and a half on operations, he and Jack had 9 hours off before taking off again as one of 5 aircraft flying in formation for Exercise London. The information about this exercise provides fantastic detail, and is one of the very few references to aircraft tail codes. Also interesting is that the 5th aircraft in the formation, flown by Ron Watts had Leslie Hunt the Squadron’s Intelligence Officer in the Navigator’s seat, not Roger Folley who was Ron’s regular Navigator.

In total, Broody flew 5 hours and 45 minutes today – 4:10 of these were Operational!