De Havilland Mosquito

Originally designed as a high-speed unarmed light bomber, the de Havilland D.H.98 Mosquito proved one of the most versatile aeroplanes of World War II, serving in a wide variety of roles, and excelling at each and every one.
The Mosquito was built almost entirely of plywood, sparing the use of metals that were then in short supply. From the maiden flight of its first prototype in November 1940 onwards, it demonstrated exceptional speed and agility on the power of its two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines.
Mosquitoes formed the core of RAF Bomber Command’s Pathfinder Force, flying ahead of heavy night-bomber formations to mark targets with flares and operating Oboe radio-guidance equipment.The Mosquitoes also carried out many precision raids in their own right, relying on their speed for survival. Enemy fighters found them almost impossible to catch – Nazi air supremo. Hermann Göring, said the Mosquito’s performance made him “green and yellow with envy”.
A reconnaissance version of the aircraft took many vital photographs at both high and low altitudes, while Mosquito fighter-bombers served as rocket – firing close-support aircraft, as anti-shipping aircraft. as radar-equipped nightfighters, and as ground-attack aircraft striking enemy communications and supply lines. The “‘Wooden Wonder” continued in RAF service right up until the mid-1950s.

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