Received from: - John
They say "every little
helps" so i hope this gives a small bit of (second Hand ) information for
the Banff site.
Some years ago now, I
had the privilege of working with a dental Technician Charles Day who
told me of the time he spent in the RAF. I cannot remember all of his
stories but here are a few. If you would like more detail get in touch.
Charles was a navigator
in Beaufighters in Alexandria and later in 248 SQN Banff. The only
information of him in Africa that I can tell you was that he took a
picture of a ground looped Beau "G George" which ended up flat on its
back. He and his Pilot were involved in offshore flying, including some
He told me that he
worked with Max Akins group and that "Akin was a bit rebellious. In one
story having had 50 gallon drop tanks fitted to his Mosquito in error he
abruptly "Dropped" them at the airfield and had them replaced with 100s!
Charles also told me of a taxing accident in which one committed Mosquito
on the runway took off the heads of the crew in another which had formed
up at the incorrect end of the runway. He had flown the Mosquito type
which had the single large cannon in its belly, telling me that it was
usual practice on raids for this type of aircraft to follow the other
aircraft in and finish off with the large rounds. He had many photographs
relating to this time in his squadron. On one occasion on one raid the
squadron were jumped by 109s and they pushed the mosquito as hard as it
could go out to sea, he described that the tail was flexing quite a bit.
His pilot was later killed in a training flight after the war, however my
memory is a bit fuzzy about! ! this. The only reason that I am writing to
you about this is to remember what was a very kind and remarkable man. He
did not glorify his experience but related it with pride which you could
feel. His kind including my father "B17gs and Wellingtons" will be