Ranger to Grove revisited

Comment from Anders Straarup, www.airmen.dk

AirmenDK now contains www.airmen.dk/grove44.htm as the first of 9 pages describing how George Stewart and Bud Badley of 23 Sqn attacked a JU88 fighter at Fliegerhorst Grove and later a radar tower at the West coast of Jutland, Denmark on 26 SEP 1944.
George sent a page from his photo album and his report. The painting Day Ranger to Grove is very fine. Thanks to Danish Experts the type, serial number and exact position of the radar tower have now been added.
AirmenDK has details about 463 planes and 3.089 Allied airmen – most of them shot down over Denmark.

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01058 Day Ranger to Grove, low res


Most interesting article about the Mosquito

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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:

RAF Records Online

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23 SQUADRON – 1925 to 1943 – AIR27/287
After the first world War, 23 Squadron was reformed in 1925. During the Battle of Britain period the unit operated Bristol Blenheims from Collyweston near Wittering. Other places formally recorded in this batch include Kenley, Biggin Hill, Ford, Manston, Luqa in Malta and Sigonella in Sicily. It was while he was a member of 23 Squadron that Douglas Bader lost his legs following an accident in December 1931, duly noted in that months’ Summary of Events [nb. our search function looks for the first month of each record – Bader’s December accident can be found on the page starting with October records]. Aircraft in service with squadron during this period included the Boston (and Havoc variant), Mosquito, Blenheim and Snipe.

Paying homage to his grandfather

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This blog is a tribute to my Grandfather, Andrew John Broodbank. During the Second World War, he was a Radar Operator (Navigator) with 488 (NZ) Squadron, RAF. His Operational Tour lasted from 3/ix/43 until 9/ix/44. I am lucky enough to have a significant collection of material from this period including flight logs, photos, personal journals and notes. This blog will follow, 70 years later, his time with the squadron. I hope you enjoy reading this blog, which I hope will serve as a lasting tribute to my grandfather and all those he served with.