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De Havilland Mosquito

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A private venture aircraft, the much-loved Mosquito was possibly the most versatile of all British aircraft of World War II. Revolutionary in its wood construction, the de Havilland Mosquito played a vital role in the war combining the maneuverability of a fighter with the payload of a medium bomber. It contributed to the war as a fighter; an unarmed bomber, a reconnaissance aircraft and its different variants included the Sea Mosquito, the first British twin-engined aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. De ...

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Overview

A private venture aircraft, the much-loved Mosquito was possibly the most versatile of all British aircraft of World War II. Revolutionary in its wood construction, the de Havilland Mosquito played a vital role in the war combining the maneuverability of a fighter with the payload of a medium bomber. It contributed to the war as a fighter; an unarmed bomber, a reconnaissance aircraft and its different variants included the Sea Mosquito, the first British twin-engined aircraft to land on an aircraft carrier. De Havilland Mosquito An Illustrated History Volume 2 traces the fascinating development of the Mosquito from its construction through to operational fighter and bomber in frontline, Operational Training, Ferry and Maintenance Units. Human stories of RAF aircrew, ground crew and Commonwealth Air Forces are detailed in addition to coverage of the Mosquito operated by the Russians and that captured by the Luftwaffe. This volume is a comprehensive pictorial record of the Mosquito aircraft and the people who worked with and flew in her. Extended captions include performance tables, nose-art, advertising and a summary of preserved Mosquitoes. Aircraft numbers, specifications, dates, personalities, and background information coupled with over 500 black and white photographs, many previously unpublished and a color section, make this and its best selling companion Mosquito An Illustrated History Volume 1 a must for researchers and historians alike.

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What People Are Saying

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Barnett on Aviation (online), May 2007

“I cannot believe that any modeler wanting to build a Mosquito could do so without this book – it has details beyond galore, markings I'm not used to seeing on RAF aircraft (American-style nicknames, mission-marks, etc.), battle damage, weird offshoot uses ... everything – including a special section on the anti-sub version with a 57mm (aka 6-pounder) cannon … As for historians, no one can really understand the operation of this magnificent flying machine without wading deep into the operational specifics of individual aircraft, and this book does it in spades … Cap that off with the clear superiority of Crecy book manufacturing standards, and this is a remarkable, fantastic book … Bottom line: if you have any interest in the Mosquito, you NEED this book.”

De Havilland Mosquito  An Illustrated History  Volume 2  Ian Thirsk- November 2006

 

Rex was called up on 5 May 1946, aged 18, and commenced his training at Locking, Weston-Super-Mare as a ground crew flight mechanic, airframes. After training, he was initially posted to Hawarden, near Chester, and then to the ex-American air base at Little Snoring, Norfolk, where he was involved in re-furbishing various types of Mosquitos for sale and export to Turkey and other countries.

 

Rex was in charge of a flight crew carrying out the refurbishment, and flew with the aircraft pilots on air test, before signing off as airworthy and clear for export He also worked on Halifaxes and Lancasters, but he maintains that the “Mossie was his true love”.

 

Of the book, Rex states: “I found it precise and objective with intimate histories of the various marks. The depth of accumulated information is so detailed that few questions remain. I found it difficult to put the book down. It vividly refreshed old memories.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780859791151
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/14/2006
  • Series: Illustrated History Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Glossary     11
Acknowledgements     12
Introduction     13
Stuart Howe: a Dedication     14
W4050, The Mosquito Prototype     15
Mosquito Construction     39
Mosquito Bombers     58
Mosquito Fighters     123
Mosquito Trainers     178
Mosquito Fighter-Bombers     207
Photo Reconnaissance Mosquitoes     268
Sea Mosquitoes     293
Mosquito Target Tugs     312
Foreign Air Force Mosquitoes     325
Mosquitoes on Film     349
Civil Mosquitoes     371
List of Surviving Mosquitoes     385
Select Bibliography     386
Index     387
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