By John Herington
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Two nights later a two-phase attack was staged, 60 aircraft timidly approaching the coast between Poole and Beachy Head just before midnight, and a weaker force later aiming at Portsmouth. During the first phase most bombs fell in the sea and the deepest penetration inland was only 1 5 miles, but Flight Lieu tenant Lewis3 destroyed a Ju-88 . During the second attack Flying Officer Roediger4 and Flying Officer G. R. Houston each shot down a Ju-88, L. Brooks. 47998 RAF. 456 Sq n and test pilot duties Royal Aircraft Establishment.
65 Squadron had successful encounters both over France and Denmark. The Spitfire squadrons of No. 1 0 Group also relieved the monotony of escort patrols by flying provocative "Rodeo" sorties over French airfields, but although they were invariably in small formations the Luftwaffe was rarely tempted to dispute their presence. This mixture of staunch defence and virile pugnacity produced an effect far more valuable than the sum of every individual encounter, for it led to an almost complete failure of German reconnaissance in the m onths preceding the invasion.
The principal task allotted at this time was to fly to enemy bases suspected of being active, and either to attack the bombers on their return or to bomb and machine-gun the airfield so as to cause dousing of the flare path and generally to impede efficient airfield control. Similarly intruders went to German fighter bases on nights when Bomber Command was active. In all No. 464 flew 93 sorties on 24 nights between 1 0th April and 27th May, the normal tactics being to cross the English Channel at 5,000 feet and dive through the coastal gun belt to an operational patrol height of 1 ,500 to 2,000 feet.
Air power over Europe, 1944-1945 (Australia in the war of 1939-1945) by John Herington