Pathfinder pilot tells the story of the Mosquito's role in bursting German canals

A classic story from Aeroplane Monthly’s first issue

Maurice Smith (right) and his navigator Lee Page in front of a Packard Merlin-engined Mosquito BXX.
Maurice Smith (right) and his navigator Lee Page in front of a Packard Merlin-engined Mosquito BXX. KEY COLLECTION

“So you’re in the Fifth Air Force”, they’d say with a touch of sarcasm and of envy. True, No 5 Group often did operate as something of an independent air force, and there was a suggestion of the elite. It also had its own Pathfinders, closely related to those of No 8 Group who started the idea, but operationally separate and using some different techniques.

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