The first war plane made by the de Havilland Company since the last war. It is of wood construction, the fuselage being made in two halves, longitudinally.
It first flew at the end of 1941 and was first made known to the public after the successful raid by four of them on September 25th, 1942, on the Gestapo H.Q. in Oslo. When over Oslo with their bomb doors open, they were attacked by two F.W.190s which happened to be in the air when they arrived. One was shot down, but the others, with their bomb doors now closed, outpaced the F.W.190s, who gave up the chase 60 miles out to sea.
They had been used before this date to take “after bombing” photographs and on reconnaissance trips over Germany. Were used recently in a raid on the Phillips Radio Factory in Holland, and are constantly over the occupied countries and Germany.
The Banff Strike Wing enjoyed spectacular successes during its time on the coast of the Moray Firth. Its squadrons joined forces to create an effective multi-national unit. Combined, they denied Germany many thousands of tons of vital iron ore and other supplies during operations from RAF Banff between September 1944 and May 1945. The mixed Mosquito and Beaufighter Wing mounted concentrated attacks on German surface vessels and U-boats in the North Sea and along the Norwegian coastline. Penetrating deep into heavily defended Norwegian fjords to reach their anchored supply ship targets, the crews ran the gauntlet of formidable anti-aircraft fire to achieve their goal. The unit was unique because of the presence of 333 Sqn Royal Norwegian Air Force as part of the Strike Wing. Their aerial skills and their ability to locate targets hidden in mountain-fringed fjords became one of the RAF Banff Wing's great strengths. It helped the joint RAF, Norwegian and Commonwealth aircrews of the unit achieve outstanding success in the destruction of supply ships, flak ships and U-boats. Operational Flying..Dirty Aircraft.
The De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is one of my favourite aircraft this picture shows the The Business end of the aircraft, the Cannons and Bomb Bay.The Aircraft was revolutionary, designed and made mainly of wood with the 2 Rolls Royce Merlins Engines, the power to weight ratio was incredible, hence the high speed. As a comparison the Modern Day Hawk and Tornado operate at 420 Knots, that's 7 miles a minute, the Mosquito was achieving these speeds in the 1940's during world War II.
The De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is one of my favourite aircraft this picture shows the view from the back of the Aircraft. The Aircraft was revolutionary, designed and made mainly of wood with the 2 Rolls Royce Merlins Engines, the power to weight ratio was incredible, hence the high speed. As a comparison the Modern Day Hawk and Tornado operate at 420 Knots, that's 7 miles a minute, the Mosquito was achieving these speeds in the 1940's during world War II.