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Great Britain's De Havilland DH.98 Mosquito

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Design

The de Havilland Mosquito was a private venture that was made primarily of wood that was conceived in 1938. The design team included Geoffrey de Havilland, R. E. Bishop, and C. C. Walker.

The outer skin was made of two plywood skins with spruce blocks between. The wing was made out of wood with a fabric cover.

The bomber and reconnaissance versions had glazed noses.

The propellers rotated in the same direction which caused the plane to have a swing on take-off.

Prototype

Officials weren't thrilled by the plane but eventually it's performance sold it.

The first DH.98 / B prototype (W.4050) flew on November 25, 1940. It was powered by two Merlin 21 engines (1,460 HP each). The F prototype flew on May 15, 1941. The PR prototype (WR4050) first flew on June 10, 1941.

In December 1940 the prototype was able to go 255 mph with the single stage supercharged Merlin 21 engines. Then on January 16, 1941 the WR4050 was able to fly faster than a Spitfire at 6,000'. The prototype then had Merlin 61 engines installed and it was able to go 433 mph at an altitude of 28,500'.

Production

On December 30, 1940 a contract for 150 Mosquitos (fighters and photo reconnaissance planes) was given.

Initially an order of 50 Mosquito bombers was given. De Havilland was instructed that the last 10, from the initial order of 150, should be made into unarmed bombers. These were to become the B IV Series I and the first prototype was designated the W4072 and first flew on September 8, 1941.

Fighter

The fighter version of the Mosquito was approved for production in June 1941.

 

  • Bomber (B)
    • de Havilland Mosquito B prototype: 1
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV: 300 First production model.
      • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV Series 1: 9
        • Conversion from Mk I: 10
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk VII: 25
      • Constructed in Canada
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IX: 54
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk XVI: 529, ~1,200
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk XX: 245
      • Constructed in Canada
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk 25: 400
      • Constructed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk 35: 276
  • Fighter (F)
    • de Havilland Mosquito F prototype: 1
    • de Havilland Mosquito F Mk II / NF Mk II: 467
  • Fighter Bomber (FB)
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI: 2,257, ~2,500
      • Constructed by de Havilland, Standard Motors, and Airspeed
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XVIII: 27 converted FB.VI.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XXI: 3
      • Constructed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XXIV: 1
      • Constructed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XXVI: 338
      • Constructed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 40: 178
      • Constructed in Australia.
  • Night Fighter (NF)
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk II: 466
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XII: 97
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XIII: 270
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XVII: 100 Mk IIs converted
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XV: 5
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XIX: 220
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk 30: 530
  • Photo Reconnaissance (PR)
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR prototype: 1
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk I: 10
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk VIII: 5
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk IX: 90
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI: 432
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 32: 5
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 34: 50
    • de Havilland Mosquito PB Mk 40: 6
      • Constructed in Australia.
  • Trainer (T)
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III: 362
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk XXII : 4
      • Constructed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk 43: 11
      • Constructed in Australia.
  • Countries:
    • Australia: 208
    • Canada: 1,034, 1,134
    • Australia and Canada: 1,342
    • United Kingdom: 6,439
  • Total: 6,439, 6,535, 7,781, 7,785
    • Manufacturer: de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd.
    • Production: 1941 - 1950

On November 28, 1950, the very last Mosquito, a night fighter, was built.

Variants

  • Bombers (B)
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV: High speed bomber that was unarmed. Entered service in May 1942.
      • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV Series 1: Shorter engine nacelles. Could carry four 250 lb bombs.
      • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IV Series 2: Had longer engine nacelles. Could carry 2,000 lb (4: 500 lb) of bombs. Could carry two 50 gallon wing tanks in addition to the bombs.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk V: No manufactured. Became the Mosquito B Mk VII.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk VII: Canadian version. Based on the B.V (not built). Could carry weapons under the wings. First flew on September 24, 1942. All stayed in Canada.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk IX: Bomber. Joined the Bomber Command in 1944. Could carry, in a modified bomb bay, a 4,000 lb / 1,814 kg bomb. Carried the bomb all the way to Berlin. Oboe (pathfinding radar) was installed.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk XVI: Bomber. Could carry a 4,000 lb / 1,814 kg bomb. Pressurized cabin. Wing drop tanks.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk XX: Canadian version that had Canadian or American equipment. First used out of Britain in August 1943. First raid was against Berlin on November 29, 1943.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk XXIII: High altitude bomber. Never built. Was to have Packard Merlin 69 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk 25: Canadian version.
    • de Havilland Mosquito B Mk 35: Bomber. Flew for first time in March 1945.
  • Fighters (F)
    • de Havilland Mosquito F Mk II: Did not have radar.
  • Fighter Bombers (FB)
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI: Fighter bomber. Could carry two 500 lb / 227 kg bombs in bomb bay. First flew in June 1942. Entered service in March 1943 / early 1943. Those that were with Coastal Command mounted rockets.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XI: Fighter bomber. Never built. Was to have Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XVIII: Anti shipping. Mounted in the nose was a 57 mm Molins gun. Nicknamed the "Tse Tse." First flew in June 1943. Used mainly by Coastal Command. First action November 4, 1943.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 21: Canadian version of FB Mk VI.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 24: Canadian high altitude fighter bomber. Not developed. Was to have Packard Merlin 69 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 26: Canadian version. Had Packard-Merlin 225 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 40: Australian version of the FB.VI. Had Packard-Merlin 31 or Packard-Merlin 33 engines. First flew on July 23, 1943 in Sydney. Saw no combat in World War II.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 41: Australian version. Based on FB Mk 40. Used Packard Merlin 69 engines. Had an automatic pilot.
    • de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk 42: Australian version. Based on FB Mk 40. Used Packard Merlin 69 engines.
  • Night Fighters (NF)
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk II: Used as a night fighter with four 20 mm and four 7.7 mm guns. Entered service in May 1942. Had AI Mk IV or AI Mk V radar. The aerials were located externally on the nose (arrow heads). Speed of 370 mph / 595 kph.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk X: Night fighter. Not built. Was to have Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XII: Night fighter. 97 conversion from NF.II. Had AI Mk VII / Mk VIII radar in nose in place of the machine guns.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XIII: Night fighter. First flew in March 1943. The AI Mk VIII radar was located in an enclosed nose instead of the machine guns.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XIV: Night fighter. Never built. Was to have Rolls-Royce Merlin 72 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XV: Night fighter. Wings were extended to 62' 6" / 19.05 m. Pressurized cabin allowed a ceiling of 43,500' / 13,260 m. Armor reduced. Five were converted from B.IVs. Merlin 76/77 engines (1,710 HP) were installed. Armament was reduced to four machine guns.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk XVII: Night fighter. Used the American Mk X radar / SCR.720. 100 converted from NF.II.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF MK XIX: Night fighter. First flew in May 1944. Could carry the AI Mk VIII or American SCR.720 radar. Could use British or American radar.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk 30: Night fighter. High altitude. Could use British or American radar.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk 31: Night fighter. Not built. Was to have Packard Merlin 69 engines.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk 36: Night fighter. Post World War II.
    • de Havilland Mosquito NF Mk 38: Night fighter. Post World War II.
  • Photo Reconnaissance (PR)
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk I: Photo reconnaissance version. Had three vertical cameras. Had an oblique camera. Nacelles didn't protrude beyond trailing edge of wing.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk IV: Photo reconnaissance. Four cameras.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk VIII: Photo reconnaissance. Converted from Mk IV. Used Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 engines. Two 50 gallons jettisonable tanks under wings.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk IX: Photo reconnaissance. Had two stage supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin 72/73 engines. First flew in April 1943. Conducted meteorological flights over Europe. Used by United States 8th Air Force.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI: Photo reconnaissance. Had a pressurized cabin. Had an dome on top.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 32: Photo reconnaissance. Had longer wings for higher altitude. Made lighter by eliminating armor protection and reducing number of cameras.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 34: Photo reconnaissance. High altitude. To be used in Far East. Had extra fuel in a bulged bomb bay. First delivery in July 1944.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 40: Australian version. Used British or American cameras.
    • de Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 41: Australian photo reconnaissance. Had Packard-Merlin 69 (1,720 HP) engines.
  • Trainer (T)
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk III: Trainer. Had Rolls-Royce Merlin 21 or 23 engines. First flew in January 1942. No armament. Dual controls added.
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk 22: Canadian version of the T.III trainer.
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk 27: Canadian post World War II trainer.
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk 29: Canadian post World War II trainer. Converted from FB.26s.
    • de Havilland Mosquito T Mk 43: Australian trainer.
  • Torpedo Bombers (TR)
    • de Havilland Mosquito TR Mk 33: Post World War II carrier based. Had folding wings. Powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin 25 engines. Used a four bladed propeller. Based on FB.VI.
    • de Havilland Mosquito TR Mk 37: Post World War II carrier based. Had folding wings. Powered by Rolls-Royce Merlin 25 engines. Used a four bladed propeller. Based on FB.VI.

Usage

Twelve allied nations flew the Mosquito.

Out of all Royal Air Force (RAF) bombers, the Mosquito had the lowest loss rate.

The Royal Air Force (RAF) accepted the Mk I photo reconnaissance version in the middle of 1941.

First Use

The 105 Squadron used Mosquitos to attack Cologne in May 1942 / May 31, 1942 in the daytime. Four Mk IVs flew over the city after the first Thousand Bomber raid to drop their bombs and to photograph the results of the previous raid. Two of the Mosquitos were shot down by antiaircraft fire over Cologne. The next day, from high altitude, two Mosquitos bombed Cologne. Later a single Mosquito, at low altitude, over flew the city to take photos. That evening two more Mosquitos were sent and one failed to return.

10th Anniversary

On the 10th anniversary of the Nazi party coming to power in Germany, Mosquitos bombed Berlin.

Main Night Fighter

In January 1942 the Mosquito started to replace the Beaufighter night fighters in defense of Britain.

In May 1942 No 23 Fighter Squadron, at Ford, received the first Mosquito NF Mk IIs. In August 1942 No 157 received theirs.

In December 1942 the Polish No 307 Squadron received Mosquito NF Mk XIIs.

The Mosquito night fighters ended the war with 600 claimed kills.

First Mosquito Raid on Berlin

On January 30, 1943, Mosquito B Mk IVs bombed Berlin in the daylight.

Against the Gestapo

The Mosquito FB.VIs were used in a precision bombing mission against the Gestapo headquarters in Oslo, Norway. Unfortunately the bombs were duds.

Found the V-1

A Mosquito of the 540 Squadron flew a mission in October 1943 over Peenemünde which lead to the discovery of the V-1.

Air Craft Carrier Use

On March 25, 1944, a Mosquito became the first twin-engine plane to land on a carrier, the HMS Indefatigable.

United States

The PR Mosquitos were designated the F-8.

Withdrawn From Service

In 1951 the last of the Mosquitos were replaced with Bomber Command.

Photo Reconnaissance

The Mosquito photo reconnaissance planes were used by Australia, Britain, and United States.

The first photo reconnaissance mission was over Brest, Bordeaux, and La Pallice. The Mosquito on the mission was able to outrun three Bf 109s at 23,000'. This mission occurred on September 20, 1941.

Fighter - Bombers

The Mosquito fighters were used by Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and United States.

Coastal Command

Coastal Command replaced the Beaufighters with the FB.VIs and used them against shipping around Europe and especially Norway.

Ausberg

Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire used a FB.VI on a low level target marking raid on Ausberg in April 1944.

Rocket Punch

The rockets, when fired at a target, was approximately equivalent to a cruiser's broadside.

Fighters

The Mosquito fighters were used by Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand.

First Squadron

In May 1942 the first fighter squadron equipped with the Mosquito F Mk II became operational.

Malta

The first overseas was the Mosquito F Mk II squadron in Malta in December 1942.

Bomber Escort

The night fighters would also escort the Royal Air Forces (RAF) night bombers to Germany.

V-1 Destroyer

The Mosquito night fighters also destroyed around 600 V-1s in the space of 2 months.

Specifications

  DH.98 Mosquito
Type Light bomber, Reconnaissance bomber
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce
2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21 Piston
Cylinders Inline
Cooling Water
HP 1,230 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54', 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 40' 9", 41'
12.43 m
Height 15', 15' 3"
4.65 m
Wing area 454 ft2
42.18 m2
Weight  
Empty 14,080 lb
6,400 kg
Loaded 22,440 lb
10,200 kg
Performance  
Speed 400 mph
Speed at 21,000' / 6,400 m 379 mph
612 kph
Service ceiling 34,450'
10,500 m
Range 1,860 miles
3,000 km
Armament 4: MG
4: 20 mm
Bombs 4: 500 lb
4: 227 kg
  Mosquito B
Type Light bomber
Crew 2
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 40' 11"
12.47 m
Height 15' 3"
4.65 m
  Mosquito B Mk IV
Type Bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 1,250 each, 1,480 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
Length 40' 9"
Height 15' 3"
Weight  
Empty 14,900 lb
6,759 kg
Loaded 21,462 lb, 22,380 lb
10,151 kg
Performance  
Speed at 17,000' 380 mph
Speed at 20,000' / 6,096 m 341 mph
549 kph
Cruising speed 305 mph
491 kph
Service ceiling 27,000', 28,800'
8,230 m
Range 1,370 miles, 2,040 miles
3,283 km
Armament None
Bombs 2,000 lb
4: 250 lb
Bombs - internal normal load 2,000 lb
907 kg
  Mosquito B Mk V
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
Armament  
Bombs 2: 500 lb
  Mosquito B Mk VII
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Packard-Merlin 31
OR 2: Packard-Merlin 33
HP 31: 1,300
33: 1,460
  Mosquito B Mk IX
Type Photo Reconnaissance
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 72
Dimensions  
Length 44' 6"
13.57 m
Wing area 454 sq ft
42.2 sq m
Performance  
Speed 400 mph
640 kph
Service ceiling 36,000'
10,980 m
Range 1,500 miles
2,400 km
Armament  
Bombs - Bomb Bay 4: 500 lb
Bombs - Under Wing 2: 500 lb
  Mosquito B Mk XVI
Type Bomber, Medium Bomber
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 72
2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 72/73
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 76/77
Cylinders V 12
HP 72: 1,680 each
72/73: 1,680 each
76/77: 1,710 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m, 16.52 m
Length 40' 11", 44' 6"
12.47 m, 13.57 m
Height 12' 6", 17' 5"
3.81 m 5.3 m
Wing Area 454 sq ft
42.18 sq m, 42.2 sq m
Weight  
Empty 14,635 lb, 15,500 lb
6,638 kg, 7,031 kg
Loaded 23,000 lb, 25,000 lb, 25,917 lb
10,433 kg, 11,350 kg, 11,756 kg
Performance  
Speed at 26,000' / 7,925 m 408 mph
656 kph
Speed at 28,000' / 8,534 m 415 mph
668 kph
Cruising speed 245 mph, 250 - 358 mph
394 kph, 402 - 576 kph
Climb 2,800' per minute
853 m per minute
Service ceiling 36,000', 37,000', 40,000
10,973 m, 11,280 m
Range 1,485 miles
2,389 km
Range with 2,000 lb / 907 kg bombs 1,795 miles
2,888 km
Armament  
Bombs 4,000 lb
Bombs - Early 3,000 lb
Bombs - 1944 1: 4,000 lb
OR 4: 500 lb
Bombs - internal normal load 4: 500 lb
2,000 lb
4: 227 kg
907 kg
Bombs - internal maximum load 1: 4,000 lb
1: 1,814 kg
Bombs - under wing 2: 500 lb
2: 227 kg
  Mosquito B Mk XX
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Packard Merlin 31
OR 2: Packard Merlin 33
  Mosquito B Mk 25
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Packard Merlin 225
HP 1,640
  Mosquito B Mk 35
Type Bomber
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 113/114
Armament  
Bombs 1: 4,000 lb
OR 4: 500 lb
  Mosquito F Mk II
Type Day fighter
Night fighter
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
Cylinders V 12
HP 1,460 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Length 40' 10", 41' 2"
12.44 m, 12.55 m
Weight  
Empty 14,300 lb
6,486 kg
Loaded 20,000 lb
9,072 kg
Performance  
Speed at 14,000' / 4,267 m 370 mph
595 kph
Service ceiling 34,500'
10,515 m
Range 890 miles
1,432 km
Armament  
Nose 4: 20 mm
4: 0.303" Browning MG, 0.5" MG
  Mosquito FB models
Type Fighter bomber
Strike aircraft
Crew 2
Armament  
Nose 4: 20 mm
4: 0.303" MG
Bombs - internal 1,000 lb
454 kg
Bombs - under wings 1,000 lb
454 kg
OR  
Rockets - under wings 8: 60 lb
8: 27 kg
  Mosquito FB.VI
Type Fighter bomber
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 25
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 21: 1,250 each, 1,480 each
25: 1,635 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 40' 6", 40' 10", 41' 2"
12.45 m, 12.55 m
Height 15' 3"
4.65 m
Weight  
Empty 14,300 lb
6,487 kg
Loaded 19,500 lb, 22,300 lb
8,845 kg
Maximum load 22,300 lb
10,115 kg
Performance  
Speed at sea level 336 mph
541 kph
Speed at 13,000' / 3,962 m 380 mph
611 kph
Cruising speed 250 mph
402 kph
Climb 2,850'/minute
868 m/minute
Service ceiling 33,000', 36,000'
10,058 m
Range at sea level 1,120 miles
1,802 km
Maximum range 1,205 miles, 1,885 miles
3,033 km
Armament  
Nose 4: 20 mm
4: MG
Bombs 2,000 lb
Bombs - Bomb Bay 2: 500 lb
Bombs - Under Wing 2: 500 lb
  de Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XVIII
Type Fighter bomber
Engines (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
Dimensions  
Length 40' 9.5"
12.43 m
Armament  
Nose 1: 6 pdr, 57 mm
Wings 2: 500 lb
OR 8: Rockets
OR 2: 100 gallon drop tanks
  Mosquito FB Mk XXI
Type Fighter bomber
Engines (Type) 2: Packard-Merlin 31/33
  Mosquito FB Mk 26
Type Fighter bomber
Engines (Type) 2: Packard-Merlin 225
Armament 4: 0.303" MG
4: 20 mm
Rockets 8: 60 lb
  Mosquito NF Mk XII
Type Night fighter
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
Armament  
Nose 4: Cannons
  Mosquito NF Mk XIII
Type Night fighter
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
Armament  
Nose 4: Cannons
  Mosquito NF.XV
Type Night fighter
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 77
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 73
HP 1,710 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Armament  
Nose - with radar 4: 20 mm
Fuselage Blister 4: 0.303" MG
  Mosquito NF.XVII
Type Night fighter
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 23
  Mosquito NF.XIX
Type Night fighter
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 25
HP 1,635 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Length 41' 2"
12.55 m
Armament  
Nose - with radar 4: 20 mm
  Mosquito NF.30
Type Night fighter
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 76
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 113
OR 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 72
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 76: 1,650 each, 1,710 each
113: 1,710 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 41' 9"
12.72 m, 12.73 m
Height 15' 3"
4.65 m
Wing Area 435 sq ft
40.41 sq m
Weight  
Empty 15,400 lb
6,986 kg
Loaded 21,600 lb
9,798 kg
Performance  
Speed at 28,000' / 8,534 m 407 mph
655 kph
Speed at 28,000' / 8,535 m 407 mph
655 kph
Climb to 15,000' / 4,570 m 7 minutes 30 seconds
Service ceiling 39,000'
11,885 m, 11,887 m
Range 1,300 miles
2,092 km
Range with drop tanks 1,770 miles
2,848 km
Armament  
Nose - with radar 4: 20 mm
Under Nose 4: 20 mm Hispano cannons
  Mosquito NF Mk 36
Type Night fighter
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 113
  Mosquito PR models
Type Photo reconnaissance
Crew 2
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 41' 6"
12.65 m
Height 15' 3"
4.65 m
  Mosquito PR.I
Type Photo reconnaissance, Reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 21
Cylinders V 12
Cooling Liquid
HP 1,250 each, 1,480 each
Propeller blades D.H. Hydromatic constant speed
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.52 m
Length 40' 6", 40' 9.5"
12.43 m
Height 15' 3"
Wing area 420 sq ft
39 sq m
Weight  
Loaded 19,200 lb
Performance  
Speed at 17,000' 380 mph
Service ceiling 28,800'
Range 1,370 miles
Armament None
  Mosquito PR Mk VIII
Type Photo reconnaissance
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 61
  Mosquito PR.IX
Type Photo reconnaissance
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 72
Cylinders V 12
HP 1,680 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Weight  
Empty 14,569 lb
6,608 kg
Loaded 22,000 lb
9,979 kg
Performance  
Speed 408 mph
657 kph
Cruising speed 250 mph
402 kph
Climb 2,850'/minute
868 m/minute
Service ceiling 38,000'
11,582 m
Range 2,000 miles, 2,450 miles
3,600 km, 3,943 km
  Mosquito PR.32
Type Photo reconnaissance
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 113/114
  Mosquito PR.Mk 34
Type Photo reconnaissance
Crew 2
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 76 or 113
Engine - Port 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 77 or 114
Engine - Starboard 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 76 or 113
Cylinders Inline
HP 1,710 each
Propeller blades 3 each
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"
16.51 m
Length 41' 6"
12.65 m
Height 15' 3"
4.65 m
Wing area 454 ft2
42.18 m2
Weight  
Empty 16,631 lb
7,544 kg
Loaded 25,500 lb
11,567 kg
Performance  
Speed at 30,500' / 9,295 m 425 mph
684 kph
Speed at 30,500' / 9,296 m 425 mph
684 kph
Cruising speed @ 30,000' 325 mph
523 kph
Climb to 15,000' / 4,570 m 72 minutes
Service ceiling 36,000'
10,970 m, 10,973 m
Range 3,500 miles
5,633 km
Range with drop tanks at 20,000' / 6,100 m 3,000 miles
4,800 km
Armament None
  Mosquito T Mk III
Type Trainer
Dimensions  
Length 40' 9.5"
12.43 m
  Mosquito T Mk 27
Type Trainer
Engine (Type) 2: Packard Merlin 225

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