Tag Archives: RAF Twinwood Farm

The Broodbank Collection – Catalogue now available!

At long last, I have catalogued the various items in my grandfather’s collection. You can see a complete list of all archive material by following this link.

This is still a bit of a work in progress, as there are currently no links to images etc, but in time this page should allow researchers to view the material in my collection.

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24/viii/43

24th August 09:15
Bristol Beaufighter I V8353
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator: Self
Ciné-Gun Exercise X
Cannon Exercise VIA
2:00
Practice attacks on Martinet & drogue – shooting
Gunsight U/S – no hits


23/viii/43

23rd August 11:35
Bristol Beaufighter I T4625
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator: Self
Ciné-Gun Exercises XII
PRACTICE SCRAMBLE
1:15
Excellent trip! – bomber affiliation with violently-evading Wellington. 75ft of film taken


22/viii/43

22nd August 10:35
Bristol Beaufighter I R2149
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator: Self
Ciné-Gun Exercise V
1:25
Drogue Shooting


20/viii/43

51 OTU – RAF Twinwood Farm – No.2 Squadron – B Flight

20th August 14:25
Bristol Beaufighter I X7683
Pilot: W/Cdr Hamley AFC
Navigator: Self
Ciné-Gun Exercises II & III
1:20
Simple deflection for 180mph & 300mph target
Very sick!


Move to RAF Twinwood Farm – No 3 Squadron, 51 OTU

Training has now moved to RAF Twinwood Farm with No.3 Squadron. This element of training covered exercises for both Air Interception (A/I) and Gunnery – Broody was, of course, preparing to go to war and defend Britain from attacks from the Luftwaffe. In the flight logs, these exercises are simply listed as a number.

In the journal, Broody has recorded what specific evolution each exercise covered.

AI exercises gunnery exercises