About Sir Ivor Broom & Roy Ralston
Things you may like to know.
Both pilots began the war flying the outdated Blenheim on perilous raids over Germany and occupied territories and both completed the war flying the high performance Mosquito – against targets in Germany. Both Mosquito pilots formed inseparable bonds with their navigators, relying implicitly on each other’s finely honed skills. Both became highly decorated.
After low-level missions against enemy shipping off the coast of France, Broom and his Blenheims transferred to Malta to harrass Rommel’s North African shipping supply lines. Returning to UK in 1943 he became one of the Pathfinders most prominent Mosquito pilots till the war’s end. Roy Ralston, flying Mosquitos with 105 Squadron, completed a second tour of low-level bombing missions with an attack on the railway works at Trier. He too, then joined Bennett’s Pathfinder Force.