Mosquito strikes in Norwegian waters

Graham Pitchfork describes the attacks of RAF Coastal Command Mosquitos in Norwegian waters during World War Two 

Arguably the most versatile aircraft of the World War Two, the Mosquito began operations in a Coastal Command strike role in October 1943 when 248 Squadron received a pair of Mk.XVIIIs. They were equipped with a single 57mm Molins six-pounder cannon in place of the normal four 20mm cannons in the fuselage, and were known as ‘Tsetse’ Mosquitos.

An armed merchant ship is hit by rockets at Aalesund.
An armed merchant ship is hit by rockets at Aalesund. Via Graham Pitchfork

By the end of the year, the squadron had replaced all its Beaufighters with Mosquitos – most being FB.VIs – and began sorties over the Bay of Biscay in February 1944 from Portreath in Cornwall, attacking vessels in the bay and the Gironde Estuary over the next few months.

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