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History of the British De Havilland Mosquito

Updated on August 23, 2018

British de Havilland Mosquito

The de Havilland Mosquito, was a fighter and a fighter bomber used by the RAF in World War II. The de Havilland Mosquito was called the "wooden wonder" because it was made almost entirely of wood. There were many variations of the Mosquito. Some were unarmed bombers, some were fighters, some were used as fighter bombers or night fighters and others used for photo reconnaissance.

The Mosquito was built by many manufactures from all around the world, from England to Canada and Australia, as well. Parts of the plane were made by furniture companies. The results however, were truly amazing and the Mosquito proved itself by setting speed records. While other aircraft were made of aluminum and metal, the Mosquito, although made of wood and glue, could perform against the best of them.

It has been said that Hermann Goering, Commander of Germany's Luftwaffe, was extremely envious of this aircraft because of how well it performed against his own fighters, yet was only made of the most basic of materials.

The Mosquito was powered by two Merlin V12 Rolls Royce engines, the same type of engines used by the Spitfires and Hawker Hurricanes (British WW2 Fighters) and could achieve a top speed of 415 mph. The Mosquito had a service ceiling of 29,000-37,000 feet feet and a range of 900 -1500 miles.

The Mosquito was armed with 4, Hispano autocannons and four .303 Browning machine guns or could carry 4,000 lbs bombs.

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