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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.


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.


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.