The De Havilland Mosquito’s Type B 5c/372 Morse Code Sender Key was mounted on the starboard wall of the aircraft’s cockpit just below the Mosquito’s dash overhang and immediately above the aircraft’s fuel gauges.
Connected to the aircraft’s wingtip and fuselage Identification Lights for air to air communication with other aircraft nearby when radio silence was required, the Type B 5c/373 Morse Code Sender Key was operated by the Mosquito’s navigator/observer.
Unlike the RAF’s ‘Bathtub’ Morse Code Sender Key used by the wireless operators of heavy bombers such as the Avro Lancaster and Vickers Wellington to communicate with Bomber Command’s network of transmitters across Southern Britain, the cockpit Morse Sender Keys were directly linked to the aircraft’s identification lights.
The original Morse Code Sender Keys were all metal, produced in Britian or Canada but by mid 1940, the more easily produced bakelite models were being fitted into all most of the RAF’s heavy bombers as well as Bristol Beaufighter and the Hurricane and Spitfire fighters. This model is one of the first runs of the new bakelite moulded units.
This is an extremely rare example of an early De Havilland Mosquito Morse Code Sender Key and would make a fantastic and totally unique and treasured, original aircraft collectable from a bygone era of one of the world’s most iconic fighter aircraft.
As far as can be determined, this Morse Code Sender Key seems to have all its components and appears in full working order although the small bakelite wire contact covering cap at the front is missing.
Mounted in its 100yr old, hand-crafted Mango Wood display stand with engraved plaque and highly detailed scale model of a de Havilland Mosquito perched atop its magnetic display arm, plus a detailed laminated Fact Sheet featuring a photo of the instrument in the Mosquito's cockpit, this Recovery Curios Aircraft Collectable would make a perfect gift for the pilot or aviation enthusiast in your life.
This de Havilland Mosquito Instrument comes complete with detailed Scale Model, Mango Wood Stand & Plaque plus Printed Fact Sheet featuring photo of instrument in aircraft cockpit.
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Your De Havilland Mosquito, Type B 5c/372 Morse Code Sender Key, Original Recovery Curios Warbird Collectable includes:
- Original Warbird instrument
- Highly detailed, hand-built and airbrushed 1/72 plastic scale model of the aircraft.*
- Hand-crafted and beautifully finished 100yr, Far North Queensland Mango Wood display stand
- Detailed, 2-sided, printed and laminated Instrument Fact Sheet detailing aircraft and instrument
- Removable Magnetic Display Arm
*An upgrade to the larger and more detailed 1/48 scale model is also available for an additional $45 (Click on the 1/48 scale option)
Both the 1/72 & 1/48 scale models are available with wheels & flaps 'up or down' and either the earlier Green/Earth camouflage or later Ocean Grey/Green. The nightfighter 'all black undersides' is also an option. Upon order placement you will receive an email asking for your preferred configuration.
Your complete Recovery Curios Original Instrument Collectable is securely packed and delivery normally takes between 4 - 6 weeks approx.
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