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    In my grandfather's journal, there are several references to "granny homing" - normally after a comment about an engine issue (he was a navigator in DH Mosquito XIIIs). I have made the assumption that this refers to flying on 1 engine, but would be grateful if someone could confirm this or put me straight.

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    Adam,

    It may possibly refer to the G-H navigation system - an electronic radio-navigation system used for blind bombing; i.e. Granny-Homing. There's a description of the system at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee-H_(navigation). Its proper name was the AMES Type 100 (AMES being Air Ministry Experimental Station; see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Min...mental_Station).

    I'd suggest the reference to the single engine is a coincidence in view of the fact you say there are several instances.

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    Brian,

    Thanks for your reply. As my grandfather was in mosquito night fighters, I don't think they would be using Gee-H? Also, he was a stickler for using the proper terminology / acronym for the kit he used, so I would have expected to see "Gee-H" or "Oboe" referred to somewhere.

    Do you think it is possible G-H could have been used in NFs?

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    Adam,

    This is right out of my field, I only suggested it as the G and H seemed to link with granny homing.

    It might help others to understand the context if you provide some more information - such as the squadron(s) with which he flew and some dates. Does journal mean a personal diary or is it his log-book? If it's the former I'd suggest the meaning is known only to him, as the lack of response indicates the term was not in common usage. Some direct quotes would be useful as what seems logical to one person has a completely different meaning to another.

    Brian

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