PRELUDE TO GREATNESS: EARLY DAYS OF THE MOSQUITO

The early World War Two operations of the multi-mission capable ‘Wooden Wonder’ are described by Tom Spencer.

The Mosquito PR.I prototype W4051 shows the type’s remarkably clean lines that, with its wooden construction, enabled such an astonishing performance.
P H T Green collection

Designers ensconced at Salisbury Hall, near the de Havilland factory at Hatfield, were working on plans for the Mosquito, even while the Battle of Britain was at its height in 1940. Their eyes were on developing a revolutionary, all-wooden aircraft, known as the DH.98.

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