Without the intelligence obtained by the photo-recce Mosquitos of No 1 PRU, planning the Operation ‘Torch’ landings in North Africa would have been a more difficult proposition
Penetrating ever deeper into hostile territory, securing the photographs necessary to monitor the enemy’s intentions and collecting the information required to conduct attacks on his vital industries. Such were the prospects offered by the de Havilland Mosquito in the photographic reconnaissance role with the wartime RAF, once teething troubles had been ironed out and deliveries speeded up. Once it started to supplement the Spitfires of No 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit in the summer of 1941, the type’s range and high cruising speed offered the prospect of being able to operate far and wide across Europe.
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