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Topic: DeHavilland Mosquito
Posted By: Cookie Monster
Subject: DeHavilland Mosquito
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 8:42am
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Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 8:43am
History: The all-wood Mosquito bomber was designed with war in mind. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the Mosquito was as fast as a fighter and could carry the payload of a medium bomber. Flying high and fast, it was believed it could perform the mission without defensive armament. In a display of incredible foresight, deHavilland constructed the airplane almost entirely out of balsa and plywood in case strategic metals became scarce. The Air Ministry originally wanted nothing to do with the aircraft, and rejected it as unsuitable because of its wooden construction.

When World War Two broke out the Air Ministry began to reconsider its position. With Germany ready to unleash her wolfpacks and the United States still restrained by the Neutrality Laws, construction materials became a strategic concern. On March 1, 1940, an order for 50 Mosquitos was placed, but it was soon postponed while the Allied armies replaced the material lost on the beaches at Dunkirk. The first prototype flew on November 25, 1940, and the Air Ministry officials who had been so skeptical were amazed to see the Mosquito performing climbing rolls on one engine, and dashing across the sky at speeds expected of fighters. Production of three prototypes for official consideration were built: the Mosquito PR.Mk I, a photo-reconnaissance plane, the Mosquito B.Mk IV, a medium bomber to replace the
Blenheim, and the Mosquito NF.Mk II, a night fighter. The first operational flight of the PR.Mk I confirmed the Mosquito needed no armament when on a flight over Brest it outpaced three Luftwaffe Bf 109s and returned home.

The B.Mk IV entered combat in the early months of 1942, after a period of familiarization. The Mosquito was much faster than the Blenheim and required new tactics to hit its targets. The bomber crews were soon very impressed with the amount of damage the Mosquito could absorb. Its construction took full advantage of the flexibility of its wooden construction, the two sides being fully equipped with controls and wiring runs before being joined together.

The Mosquito NF Mk II had a heavy armament of four cannons and four machineguns. It carried the AI Mk IV radar. The Mosquito NF was the first night fighter to be stationed in the Mediterranean, fighting from Malta as day and night fighter. It was also used as a night intruder, performing its first intruder mission on December 30-31, 1942. Because of its high speed, crews needed some time to grow accustomed to the new machine. For this reason, de Havilland also produced a training version, the Mosquito T.Mk III, with dual controls. All versions had a crew of two, seated side-by-side. The last Mosquitos were withdrawn from RAF photo-reconnaissance units in 1961.

The Mosquito was also manufactured under license in Australia and Canada. In all, 7,781 Mosquitos were built. Today, only one Mosquito continues to be operational, although as of this writing it has not flown in several years. It is owned by the Weeks Air Museum in Florida.


Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 8:43am
Nicknames: Mossie; Balsa Bomber; Wooden Wonder; Freeman's Folly (early nickname referring to Air Council member Sir Wilfred Freeman); Tsetse (Mk XVIII anti-shipping variant).


Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 8:44am

Specifications (FB.Mk VI):
        Engines: Two 1,620-hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 25 V-12 piston engines
        Weight: Empty 14,300 lbs., Max Takeoff 22,300 lbs.
        Wing Span: 54ft. 2in.
        Length: 40ft. 10.75in.
        Height: 15ft. 3in.
        Performance:
            Maximum Speed: 362 mph (Later photo-recon versions could exceed 425 mph)
            Ceiling: 33,000 ft.
            Range: 1,650 miles with full bomb load
        Armament:
            Four 20-mm cannon in nose
            Four 7.7-mm (0.303-inch) machine guns in nose
            2,000 pounds of bombs, or 1,000 pounds of bombs and eight rockets

Number Built: 7,781

Number Still Airworthy: One (Previously airworthy, but has not flown for the last few years.)



Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 8:47am
I was reading a quote from Herman Goring, He was about to make a speech in 1943 about the NAZI party's 10th year in power and three Mosquito attacked and cut his talk short. He was not too amuzed.
A short time later a few American P-51's were attacking Berlin and that is when he made his famous quote the "gig is up"
 
CM


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 10:18pm
Co-incidentally, I just recieved(last week) a news article from Hanover Ontario.They were recounting the Mossie.Since wood was/is king in the north-THAT is where they built the Mossie's frame.Knectel's East plant in Hanover Ontario.If anyone wants to see the article-I still have it
Hoadie

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Posted By: Cookie Monster
Date Posted: November 27 2007 at 11:55pm
Hoadie That would be excellent can you scan and post it on here?
 
CM


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: November 28 2007 at 7:04am
well mate-I can scan it-but I'm cumpuiker challenged, so I gotta get someone ta show me how!
Hoadie - the stymied

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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: November 28 2007 at 7:05am
Oh yeah-sumpin else i learned bout the Mossie...they gave German radar the silouett of a bird!(World's first "stealth" aircraft?)
Hoadie

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: November 29 2007 at 6:43pm

Was that pic taken in the US?

I'm curious because a while back I was a volunteer at  a warbird restoration museum in the UK.
 
One of the aircraft we had was a mossie, this was an Australian built one that we had flown back to the UK by a couple of our guys who had experience with mossies in the RAF.
 
It was also E-HT!
There seem to be several restorations of that particular aircraft as ours had the later bulged bomb bay to allow for the 4,000 Lb "blockbusters", and the clear nose of the bomber versions.
 
You've probably seen the one we restored as it was used for one of the ones in the picture "633 Squadron."
 
 


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Posted By: Mossie
Date Posted: May 29 2013 at 4:48am
he!!o
Hoadie,I would really like to see that article about the Mosquito ( or parts of it) being built in Hanover by Knectels furniture !

They are bringing the Mossquito to the Hamilton airshow this May 14-16 2013 .....the real deal !

I would like to share that article with the pilot who is flying it here from Its new home in Virginia Beach to the airshow here.

Can you email it out me?

Thank you and I look forward to,your reply!


Sincerely

Craig Ehman
905-399-3817


Posted By: BlackAck
Date Posted: May 29 2013 at 6:28am
Is it a new build or a rebuild from multiple aircraft?


Posted By: LE Owner
Date Posted: May 29 2013 at 3:23pm
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All versions had a crew of two, seated side-by-side.

I was under the impression that the seating was staggered, the pilot up front to the left and the other seat (navigator/radioman)set back and partly behind to the right.
Also I seem to remember a third crewman position for special purposes, and not normally found on this aircraft.

Found it. The dedicated bomber versions had a bombardier position in the gassed in nose. No mention of a third crewman so it appears the Navigator/radio man also acted as the bombardier.


Posted By: BlackAck
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 4:41am
The December issue of Flypast covered the restoration and return to flight of Mossie FB.26 KA114 - now based in Virginia Beach,  in detail.  Well worth checking out.



Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 5:02am
I know there WAS a group trying to restore one from Jamaica..it was a PR type. Havent heard whatever happened there
Hoadie

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Posted By: BlackAck
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 5:50am
http://www.calgarymosquitosociety.com/home.htm

Best of luck to these guys...


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 5:51am
Road trip Hoadie.

How are you feeling?


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Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 10:52am
Met w/sturgeon today. Said I am doing well.Time to start the torture
Hoadie

(Road trip? Axctually-we bin thinkin bout headin to Lake Provedence, LA..course y'know we'd end up a tad further south buggin Rhino & Lisa!)

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 10:55am
Hoadie,

I am glad you are on the mend and doing well.

Ed




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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Canuck
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 11:18am
Be well, Hoadie!

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Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 9:12pm
Glad to hear you're getting back to normal.

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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 9:26pm
LONG way from being "normal"-whatever "normal" may be.....
Starting the exercises now...Cant help but remember my famous last words, when we crashed Doc's plane..."Oh man! This is gonna hurt!!"
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 30 2013 at 11:35pm
Hoaie, if you started to act"normal" them I would be really worried about you.


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: Shamu
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 1:47am
Why? Is it the "acting" or the "normal" that causes concern!


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Don't shoot till you see the whites of their thighs. (Unofficial motto of the Royal Air Force)


Posted By: BlackAck
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 2:01am
Hoadie's mental state aside, here is a list of the surviving Mossies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_surviving_de_Havilland_Mosquitos

If you believe the internet (and who doesn't) several of the airframes listed could eventually return to the skies.


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 6:36am
It is hard for me comprehend what the term "normal" and Hoadie have in common.


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 12:24pm
Ask Rhino...or better yet, ask his wife what kinda dude I am.(She is a little more grounded than Rhino---or Lt Dan!)
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 9:49pm
Hey,

( Rhino...or better yet, ask his wife what kinda dude I am) How "normal is Hoadie?

Inquiring minds want to know.



Originally posted by hoadie hoadie wrote:

Ask Rhino...or better yet, ask his wife what kinda dude I am.(She is a little more grounded than Rhino---or Lt Dan!)
Hoadie


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: hoadie
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 10:29pm
..the Rhino knows...
Hoadie

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Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: May 31 2013 at 10:35pm
But Rhino not telling.




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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: LE Owner
Date Posted: June 04 2013 at 3:08pm
That any of the wooden construction airframes are still airworthy is a testament to the wood working technology of the era.

Germany fielded a number of wooden construction airframes or major assemblies But allied bombing destroyed the factory that made the best quality wood glue for the purpose.
Without this glue airframes built using a substitute failed in testing, leaving the NAZI without a mass produced aircraft to successfully counter the Mosquito at high altitude.

PS
The mossies nose guns had such a terrific muzzle blast that when the pilot fired a sun shield deployed in front of the gunsight so he would not lose his night vision.


Posted By: paddyofurniture
Date Posted: June 05 2013 at 12:18am
I am glad those wood workers worked on our side.

My n%(i world for some glue!


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Always looking for military manuals, Dodge M37 items,books on Berlin Germany, old atlases ( before 1946) , military maps of Scotland. English and Canadian gun parts.


Posted By: BlackAck
Date Posted: June 05 2013 at 5:01am
Ok chaps, target for tonight is my friend flicka..... ;)



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