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De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito: books - history and deployment

A book on the De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito? Here are books on the history and deploiment of De Havilland combat aircraft.

Mosquito: Menacing the Reich - Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

'On 15 November it came suddenly out of nowhere inches above the hangars with a crackling thunderclap of twin Merlins. As we watched, bewitched, it was flung about the sky in a beyond belief display for a bomber that could out perform any fighter. Well-bred whisper of a touch down, a door opened and down the ladder came suede shoes, yellow socks and the rest of Geoffrey de Havilland.'
The memories of Sergeant (later Flight Lieutenant DFC) Mike Carreck who was an observer with 105 Squadron when he first laid eyes on the new de Havilland Mosquito. This was an aircraft that would prove itself to be one of the most versatile and revered aircraft to fly with the RAF in World War II.

This book is full of first-hand accounts from the crews that flew the 'Mossie' in its roles as a bomber, long-range reconnaissance and low-level strike aircraft. The author has gathered together many of the most exciting operational reports that cover the period from the type's introduction until the end of World War II. The text is interwoven with the background history of the personnel and squadrons, the purpose of the operations undertaken and their often devastating results.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:320 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 x 0.98 in, paperback
Illustrations:2 x 16 pages and 1 x 8 illustrated pages
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2012)
Book: Mosquito: Menacing the Reich - Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

Mosquito: Menacing the Reich - Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

Language: English

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Mosquito Mayhem - De Havilland's Wooden Wonder in Action in WWII

The Mosquito was probably World War II's most versatile combat aircraft.

This book contains hundreds of first-hand accounts from many of the two-man crews who flew in them; pilots and navigators. It portrays the dramatic experiences of flying in its many roles as pathfinder, night fighter, reconnaissance aircraft, precision bombing and low-level ground attack aircraft. It describes many of the RAF's most audacious raids on prime but difficult targets where carpet bombing by heavy bombers was likely to be ineffective and cause unnecessary casualties to civilians. It is a remarkable record of the aircraft and the men that flew them.
Martin Bowman is one of Britain's leading aviation authors and has written many books on World War II aviation history.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:272 pages, 24 x 16.5 x 3.1 cm / 9 x 6.5 x 1.22 in, hardback
Illustrations:about 60 b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2010)
Book: Mosquito Mayhem - De Havilland's Wooden Wonder in Action in WWII

Mosquito Mayhem - De Havilland's Wooden Wonder in Action in WWII

Language: English

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Mosquito Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

The second volume in the trilogy of Combat Aircraft titles devoted to de Havilland's 'wooden wonder', this book focuses on the Mosquito fighter/fighter-bomber variants, and their users.
From its earliest development phase, the aircraft was considered as much a fighter as a bomber, and this was duly reflected when the original 1940 Air Ministry order for 50 Mosquito bombers was modified to 20 bombers and 30 fighters.
This volume is the first of its kind exclusively dedicated to the fighter/fighter-bomber variants of de Havilland's classic wartime aircraft.

Contents: Defensive Nightfighting - 'Baby Blitz' and Beyond - Offensive Nightfighting - Intruding - No 100 Group - Mosquito Menace - Appendices.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1999)
Series:Combat Aircraft (9)
Book: Mosquito Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Mosquito Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Units of World War 2

Language: English

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Mosquito Bomber / Fighter-Bomber Units, 1942-45 (Osprey)

Truly an example of engineering ingenuity born out of the desperation of war, the legendary 'all-wooden' Mosquito was perhaps the best twin-engined fighter-bomber of its size to see action in World War 2. The first bomber variant to enter service was the B Mk IV, initial examples of which were issued to No 2 Group's No 105 Sqn at Swanton Morley, in Norfolk, in November 1941.
Considerably faster than the unit's previous Blenheim Mk IVs, powered by inline rather than radial engines, and made of wood instead of metal alloy, the Mosquito initially proved a challenging mount for both air- and groundcrew alike.

Contents: Low-Level Raiders - The 'Shallow Divers' - The Pathfinders - 2nd TAF - Above the Waves - The Burman 'Bridge Busters' - Appendices.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1997)
Series:Combat Aircraft (4)
Book: Mosquito Bomber / Fighter-Bomber Units, 1942-45 (Osprey)

Mosquito Bomber / Fighter-Bomber Units, 1942-45

Language: English

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Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

The third volume in the trilogy of Combat Aircraft titles devoted to de Havilland's 'wooden wonder', this book focuses on the Mosquito photo-recce variants, and their users.
The design's superb performance, and ability to escape interception by enemy fighters made the Mosquito the ideal choice for the RAF's then embryonic photographic reconnaissance force.

The production standard PR1 subsequently became the first Mosquito variant of any kind to see operational service with the RAF, flying its first sortie (over France) on 20 September 1941.
These aircraft flew all manner of bomber support missions ranging from simple post-raid photo-recce to weather checking and experimental H2X radar photo-mapping. All are detailed in this volume.

Author:Martin Bowman
Specs:96 pages, 24 x 16 x 0.9 cm / 9 x 6.3 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:b&w photographs, drawings in colour
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1999)
Series:Combat Aircraft (13)
Book: Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2 (Osprey)

Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World War 2

Language: English

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