DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO
Initially conceived as an unarmed, high-speed, high-altitude, photo-reconnaissance aircraft, the 'Mossie' was soon adapted as a fast light bomber, flying low altitude daylight missions against key German infrastructure.
From mid -1942 to mid -1943, Mosquito bombers flew high-speed, medium or low-altitude daylight missions against factories, railways and other pinpoint targets in Germany and German-occupied Europe. From June 1943, Mosquito bombers were formed into the Light Night Strike Force and used as pathfinders for RAF Bomber Command heavy-bomber raids. They were also used as "nuisance" bombers, often dropping Blockbuster bombs – 4,000 lb "cookies" – in high-altitude, high-speed raids that German night fighters were almost powerless to intercept.
As a night fighter, the Mosquito intercepted Luftwaffe raids on Britain and by July 1942, Mosquito night-fighter units were also raiding Luftwaffe airfields. The Mosquito fighter-bomber served as a strike aircraft in the Second Tactical Air Force from its inception in mid 1943 with the main objective being to prepare for the invasion of occupied Europe a year later. During Operation Overlord, three Mosquito FBVI Wings flew close air support for the Allied forces in co-operation with other RAF units equipped with the North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber.
The Mosquito FBVI was often flown in special raids. One of the best-known was Operation Jericho – an attack on Amiens Prison in early 1944. Other 2TAF operations included precision attacks against military intelligence, security and police facilities (such as Gestapo headquarters).
From 1943, Mosquitos with RAF Coastal Command attacked Kriegsmarine U-boats and intercepted transport ship concentrations. After Operation Overlord, the U-boat threat in the Western Approaches decreased fairly quickly, but correspondingly the Norwegian and Danish waters posed greater dangers, resulting in all of the RAF Coastal Command Mosquitos being moved to Scotland to counter this threat.
The Mosquito flew with the Royal Air Force (RAF) and other air forces in the European, Mediterranean and Italian theatres. It was also operated by the RAF in the South East Asian theatre and by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) based in the Halmaheras and Borneo during the Pacific War. Serving well into the postwar era, the RAF replaced the Mosquito with the jet-powered English Electric Canberra in the late 1950’s.
All de Havilland Mosquito Instruments listed below come complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO ENGINE START & COCKPIT DIMMER SWITCHES
De Havilland Mosquito CAN 5 5C/540 Starter Button and 5c/724...
DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO L/R BEAM APPROACH INDICATOR
Air Ministry AM Crown stamped Left/Right Beam Approach Indicator...