de Havilland Mosquito

HISTORIC AVIATION QUIZ: DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO EDITION

With November 25, 2022 marking the 82nd anniversary of de Havilland’s quite incredible Mosquito, the Historic team ask the question… how much do you know about the ‘Wooden Wonder’?

Where do you find the wood for a Mosquito restoration?

Multi-national effort solves supply problem for Calgary museum ‘Mossie’ project

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Why de Havilland never produced a turret-equipped Mosquito

The concept of a Mosquito fitted with a turret was a rare dead end in relation to the type

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“My pilots loved this beautiful bird” – US Army Air Force Mosquitos

That comment by one unit commander sums up the views of many in the US Army Air Forces on the de Havilland Mosquito, an aircraft that served the AAF in relatively small numbers, but was arguably superior to anything American makers offered

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Mosquito strikes in Norwegian waters

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

A June 1941, and thus pre-delivery, image of Mosquito PRI W4051. The first such production example, this was the aircraft flown by Fg Off Victor Ricketts with observer Sgt Boris Lukhmanoff on post-strike reconnaissance following the attack on the Billancourt factory. VIA ANDREW THOMAS Feature Premium

Bomber Command raid on Renault plant

Bomber Command’s raid against the Renault works at Billancourt on 3 March 1942 was a pivotal one for several reasons. Not only did it see the first application of new operational techniques under Arthur Harris, but post-strike reconnaissance brought to the fore the outstanding qualities of the new de Havilland Mosquito

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The ultimate ‘barn find’? – restored Mosquito comes to life 

Thanks to the late John Smith, a de Havilland Mosquito FBVI survived in a New Zealand shed for more than 60 years. Now returned to engine-running condition and displayed in the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, this historical ‘time capsule’ is a tribute to its former owner’s part in the preservation movement

When two RAF Mosquitos brought down three Luftwaffe Ju 88s

Toulouse, the night of January 6, 1944 and Mosquito night fighters were on the prowl over occupied France. Gilles Collaveri details a night that brought an end to three Ju 88s

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The 'other' secret bouncing bomb of World War Two

Related to the bouncing bomb of Dambusters fame, Highball was intended to be effective against specific military targets. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story of this secret World War Two weapon

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The daring low-level daylight Mosquito raids of World War Two

The Mosquito took part in some of the most famous and daring low-level daylight precision strikes during World War Two. Malcolm V Lowe tells the story