De Havilland Mosquito, Vol. 1: The Night-Fighter and Fighter-Bomber Marques in World War II

Ron Mackay

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This first of two volumes on de Havilland’s “Wooden Wonder” covers the night-fighter and fighter-bomber variants of the deadly Mosquito. The development of the multirole Mosquito, from its original bomber and photoreconnaissance operational function to that of a night-fighter and fighter-bomber configuration, was initiated by the latent threat of a renewal of the 1940–41 “Blitz.” Over the ensuing years of WWII, the Mosquito attacked the enemy with sorties across a 24-hour time span, challenging the German Nachtjagd with aerial interceptions, as well as attacks on Luftwaffe airfields. Pinpoint assaults on specialist targets was another aspect of Mosquito fighter-bomber operations, whose destructive effect on the Axis was constantly felt. Also covered are the Mosquito’s operations with the Fleet Air Arm, as well as postwar use. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.

Size: 9" x 9" | 197 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764358203

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Ron Mackay’s interest in aviation commenced during World War II. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of German subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations—a relevant choice since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Sqdn, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered. To date, nearly thirty books, several of them coauthored, have been brought out, while on current hand are contracts for a further number of RAF and Luftwaffe titles.