De Havilland Mosquito

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De Havilland Mosquito
De Havilland Mosquito.jpg
De Havilland Mosquito PR XVI.jpg
Role Light bomber; Fighter-bomber; Night fighter; Maritime strike aircraft; and photo-reconnaissance aircraft
Designer Geoffrey de Havilland
Manufacturer de Havilland (4,892) other UK companies (1,433), Canada (1,076), Australia (212)
Produced UK, Canada, Australia
Number built 7,781
Primary users RAF;RCAF; RAAF; USAF
In service 1941
Out of service 1950s


Unusual in that the plane was constructed from composite wood. The first prototype flew on 25 Nov 1940, with official trials commencing 19 Feb 1941. Development was delayed when de Havilland were ordered to stop work on it to concentrate on other work on their books. However, development recommenced and during trials it demonstrated that it had a much higher speed than the Supermarine Spitfire. Original design request was for a twin engine medium bomber.

General characteristics

  • Crew: Two Pilot, bombardier/navigator
  • Length: 13.56 m
  • Wingspan: 16.51 m
  • Height: 5.31 m
  • Empty weight: 6,486 kg
  • Max takeoff weight: 11,340 kg
  • Powerplant: 2 x Rolls Royce Merlin piston engines
  • Maximum speed: 668 Km/h at 8,500 m
  • Range: 2,100 km
  • Service ceiling: 11,000 m
  • Armament
  • Guns:
  • Bombs:1,800 kg

Crew members

No. 87 Squadron RAAF Ground Crew