As recalled by Rod Lewis’s example, No 235 Squadron flew the Mosquito successfully as part of the Portreath Wing through the momentous summer of 1944

Finished in the special coastal duties scheme A of extra dark sea grey upper surfaces and sky undersides, No 235 Squadron Mosquito FBVI HR118/3-W was flown from Portreath by Fg Offs Noel Russell and Tom Armstrong to escort frigates on 18 July 1944.

To help counter Luftwaffe long-range fighters over the Bay of Biscay, the RAF stationed several long-range fighter squadrons of its own at bases in west Cornwall. Among these was the Beaufighter-equipped No 235 Squadron, which had been based at Portreath alongside No 248 Squadron. In early June 1944, under the command of Wg Cdr J. V. Yonge, it was re-equipped with Mosquitos. Along with 248 under Wg Cdr Tony Phillips, which had been flying the DH type since late 1943, it formed the Portreath Wing — the first Mosquito strike wing in Coastal Command.

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