In the early hours of the morning on 19/iv/44, while several aircraft of 488(NZ) Squadron were returning from a successful number of patrols, it was reported that a disabled Mosquito was heading for Bradwell Bay to effect a crash landing. An Emergency Team comprising fire tenders and an ambulance stood by to assist, and the squadron’s Mosquitos who had not yet landed circuited to keep the runway clear. The aircraft performed a belly landing. Much to the surprise of W/Cdr Haine, the crew who scrambled out of the burning aircraft were in fact German! Closer inspection identified the aircraft as a Junkers Ju88 (B3+PL) of 3KG54 which had been damaged by AA fire during a bombing raid on London. The 4 airmen were taken to the guard room, where one who required medical assistance was treated.
W/Cdr Haine tried to claim one Ju88 “captured” to add to the Squadron’s tally…
Mosquito Night Fighter XIII MM558, ME-E (Nicknamed “The Mighty ‘E’ the Second”) was to become Broody & Jack’s regular aircraft, replacing their Mk XII aircraft, HK227. She was built at Leavesden as one of a batch of 126 aircraft ordered for delivery between January and May 1944.
Much has been written about the de Havilland Mosquito, and I would never be able to do the marque full justice in this post – rather I will give an overview of the Mk XIII.
The MK XIIs previously used by the squadron were essentially MK II Night Fighters converted to house the Mk VIII Airbourne Interception radar. The next generation Mk XIIIs were the factory-built (ie not converted) variant, based on the FB VI (Basic) and fitted with Merlin 21, 23 or 25 engines (MM558 was fitted with…
Who would have thought Millenna would comment more about Sid Seid?
Thank you! You know more about him than I do! He passed away when my father was 8 years old. . . I’m from Palau! You should tell some of your friends and come visit; it’s a great place! Anyways, I’m writing a report on him so if you have anymore info on him will you please share?
I was sure she would comment more on her grandfather.
RAF trials – a high altitude radar guided dogfight
The arms race continued in all areas of the war. When the high altitude Junkers 86P was seen as a ‘speck of silver’ high above Britain in 1942, countermeasures were needed. It was ‘only’ a reconnaissance aircraft but it could not be allowed to operate unchallenged – the military build up in Britain was now moving up a gear or two.
One of the aircraft adapted to counter it was the Mosquito. The high altitude version was also stripped down of armament, given longer wings and an improved engine. The ace night fighter John Cunningham was one of the first operational pilots to give it a trial flight, in April 1943. His regular Navigator, C.F. Rawnsley, was with him, and wrote a memorable account of their first flight:
I will just put it here and edit it later on because this was a draft version I had written when I was searching for more information on Sid Seil.
I just want Sid’s granddaughter to read it.
Ever wonder how the paint got scorched off the Mosquito
BY DAVE MCINTOSH
The following excerpt is from Dave Macintosh’s book, “Terror in the Starboard Seat, “published by General Publishing Co. Ltd., Don Mills, Ont. It is Mclntosh’s personal account of his experiences as a 418 Squadron observer/navigator on Mosquitos and of his sometimes strained relationship with his pilot, Sid Seid.
Seid was a Jewish-American in the RCAF whose main aim in life was to single-handedly win the war against Hitler. The story picks up on their 1944 encounter with German V-l buzz bombs.
On what would have been his 98th birthday, today seems like a fitting day to write a post about Broody’s regular pilot. John Hancock Scott, known on the Squadron as Jack was born on 30th December 1915 in Invercargill, New Zealand. Jack enlisted at RNZAF Station Levin on 5th / 6th July 1941. I can’t find a definitive date of his arrival at 488(NZ) Squadron.
As explained by Broody “[Jack] was famous on the squadron for taking every opportunity that came along (and some that he skillfully generated) to get into the air” and was a popular and dedicated pilot.
As Broody’s regular pilot, he and Jack flew many Operational Flights together until Jack left the Squadron on September 19th 1944 on a posting to 31 Maintenance Unit in India as a test pilot. From there, he went to No4 (Coastal) OTU as a Staff Pilot until…
I just found the pilot’s name on the same page as Flight Lieutenant Bob Williamson’s name who was shot down over Cognac.
On the night of the 26th, Sgt Hutt and Sgt Cridge were killed in a crash whilst on local flying.
Original post written in 2010.
I got this comment on my blog.
My uncle flew for RAF Squadron 23 and was killed on November 26 1942 in a Mosquito fighter bomber. His name was Duncan Stuart Hutt, RCAF. This was before the move from England. My mother told me that her mother sent packages to the pilots in Malta, but the Wing Commander told her that all pilots that Stuart had flown with in England were KIA.
16 May 1938 – 31 May 1940: Wittering
31 May – 12 September 1940: Collyweston
12 September 1940 – 6 August 1942: Ford
12 – 25 September 1940: Detachment to Middle Wallop
6 – 14 August 1942: Manston
14 – 21 August 1942: Bradwell Bay
21 August – 13 October 1942: Manston
13 October – 11 December 1942: Bradwell Bay
11 – 27 December 1942: On way to Malta
27 December 1942 – 7 December 1943: Luqa
3 September – 5 October 1943: Detachment to Signella
5 October – 1 November 1943: Detachment to Gerbini Main
1 November – 7 December 1943: Detachment to Pomigliano
7 December 1943 – 8 May 1944: Alghero
8 – 19 May 1944: Blida
19 May – 2 June 1944: Returning to UK
2 June 1944 – 25 September 1945: Little Snoring
Duncan Stuart Hutt was stationed at Bradwell Bay when he got killed.
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