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De Havilland Mosquito

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De Havilland Mosquito

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De Havilland Mosquito

The Mosquito is an often neglected and unsung icon of World War Two aeronautical design. The 'Wooden Wonder' was produced from non-strategic materials and, in its bomber form, was so fast it needed no defensive armament. It was also beautiful to look at. Not only was it a superb light bomber, it also surpassed at numerous other roles - a sure sign of a thoroughbred. It became probably the best night fighter of the war and was flown by many aces. It also excelled at anti-shipping strike, photographic reconnaissance, day and night intruder and pathfinder missions and even fast transport work to Sweden. It is amazing to think that this small, wooden, twin-engined (Rolls Royce Merlins) bomber with a crew of just two could not only carry the same bomb load as resource-hungry and sophisticated American twins such as the B25 and B26, but carry it much faster and further. This brilliant design deserves to take its place alongside other great aircraft such as the Lancaster and Spitfire.

Tim Earthy


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The de Havilland 98 mosquito is jus a beautiful, beautiful areoplane.
Dave Hodson

A true multi-role aircraft, perhaps most famously employed by Bomber Command's elite Pathfinder Force. On 19th September 1944, 236 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitoes were despatched to Moenchengladbach and Rheydt. One Mosquito was flown by the Dam Busters' Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C., D.S.O. and Bar, D.F.C. and Bar (with navigator Squadron Leader Jim Warwick D.F.C.) as Master Bomber. The aircraft crashed and disintegrated in mysterious circumstances in Steenbergen, Holland. Gibson and Warwick were buried at the expense of the town in Steenbergen Roman Catholic cemetery. The last flying Mosquito crashed at Barton in 1996. Glyn Powell in New Zealand has made jigs to manufacture fuselage halves. There are plans to restore a Mosquito to flying condition in Canada. Surely it should be an absolute priority to add a Mosquito to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight?
David Fielden

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My nomination is the garden shed.