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de Havilland DH98 Mosquito B.Mk.35

The Museum’s exhibit flew in 1945 as a B.Mk.35, and was later adapted for target-towing with an electrically-driven winch in the bomb-bay. It was acquired in 1971, and converted for display purposes back to B.Mk.35 form, in the markings of No. 571 (Pathfinder Force) sqn, Royal Air Force.

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de Havilland DH98 Mosquito FB Mk.VI

First flown in 1942, the Mosquito FB Mk.VI fighter-bomber was intended for ‘intruder’ strike missions, and became the most numerous and widely-used Mosquito variant. Based on the F Mk.II day fighter version without Air Interception radar, it retained the formidable armament of four Browning 0.303 in machine-guns in the nose and four Hispano 20 mm canon in the belly. But it was also given a bomb-bay behind the cannon, which enabled it to carry two 500 lb bombs internally (with fins cropped to fit) plus another two under the wings.

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de Havilland DH98 Mosquito Prototype

The fast, high-flying Mosquito was for much of the War able to roam almost at will over enemy-occupied territory. Built of non-strategic materials (i.e. wood), it was designed for speed and range as a two-seat unarmed light bomber, unarmed reconnaissance aircraft and long range fighter. Its performance derived from a combination of; careful packaging, an aerodynamically clean shape, a high wing loading, and high power from two supercharged liquid-cooled V-12 Merlin engines.

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