Mosquito: Menacing the Reich (Paperback)

Combat Action in the Twin-engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

World War Two Books Aviation History Books

By Martin Bowman
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781848846609
Published: 3rd April 2012
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‘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.

One has to be impressed by the sheer variety of experiences recounted by the men who flew this remarkable aircraft, and full of admiration for them, especially for those who were flying the unarmed versions of the aircraft deep over German territory.

History of War Website

The Mosquito has never received the public acclaim which the Spitfire and Lancaster enjoyed, yet it was one of the most remarkable aircraft, arguably the best, to emerge from the Second World War. Used as a reconnaissance aircraft, precision bomber, pathfinder, night fighter and long range escort to name but a few of its many and varied roles, the Mosquito had the rare distinction of being a jack of all trades and master of them all. This book dedicates a chapter to each of its more popular roles, using a mixture of the author's narrative and a series of vivid first hand accounts to describe in detail some of the remarkable feats which it carried out. The result is a fine tribute not only to a superb aircraft, but to those who flew it and crafted its legend.

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About Martin Bowman

Martin Bowman is one of Britain’s foremost aviation historians and has written many books and articles.

He lives in Norwich .

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The Men Who Flew the Mosquito Compelling Account of the 'Wooden Wonders' Triumphant World War 2 Career (Paperback)

The two-engined Mosquito was one of the classic aircraft of the Second World War. Famously wooden-built, its graceful lines and powerful performance have made it into an airborne icon. Its operational versatility as a fighter, low level bomber and reconnaissance aircraft was unsurpassed. In this book we get the first-hand crew accounts of a selection of the actions and missions that the 'Mossie' undertook. These include audacious raids on Nazi HQs and Gestapo jails - real precision attacks carried out by ace fliers.

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