About the De Havilland Mosquito B Mk.IV/PR Mk.IV
The versatile Mosquito stood with the Spitfire fighter and Lancaster bomber
and earned the respect of British pilots during World War II. In 1939, the De
Havilland company envisioned the plane to be an unarmed high-speed bomber, and
had experience with the Comet, which was a wooden racing plane. Except for the
engine and landing gear, the Mosquito was comprised of wood, offering strategic
advantages. The Air Ministry was reluctant to adopt the wooden aircraft, but
placed orders for 50 planes in March 1940 for reconnaissance use.
In November 1940, the Mosquito reached speeds of 630km/h during test flights,
demonstrating its potential and quickly promoting additional orders of 150 planes.
The Mosquito PR Mk.I reconnaissance plane was first deployed in July 1941; the
B Mk.IV bomber started deployment in the Spring of 1942. On May 31, 1942, the
Mosquitoes led a daylight raid on Caim. In September 1942, the Gestapo headquarters
in Oslo was bombed. German officials delivering a daytime speech in Berlin were
attacked on January 30, 1943.
These events demonstrated the Mosquito&39;s ability to carry heavy loads and deliver
low altitude surprise attacks with accuracy. The camera equipped PR Mk. IV reconnaissance
plane discovered the German Battleship Tirpitz in the Artic Circle and scouted
V2 rocket facilities. The Mosquitoes performed their duties with minimal losses,
displaying their remarkable abilities.
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