De Havilland Mosquito firing during a night test

de havilland mosquito firing

De Havilland Mosquito firing its machine gun and cannon during night testing, sometime between 1941 and 1945.

In the photograph we see the FB.VI version of the famous British Royal Air Force aircraft, which was usually equipped with four Browning .303 machine guns and four 20mm Hispano cannons.

The light, quick and agile De Havilland Mosquito stood out due to the fact that it was constructed mostly out of wood. It originally served as a fast bomber, but during the course of the war it evolved into a multi purpose combat aircraft. Multiple prototypes and variants of the Mosquito were built.

The aircraft was introduced into the Royal Air Force in 1941, despite initial orders for the project to be scraped, and served for the rest of the war years in the European, Mediterranean and Italian theatres of operations.

Book suggestions ⤵️

📖 Mosquito Aces of World War 2 (Andrew Thomas, 2005)

📖 de Havilland Mosquito: An Illustrated History (Stuart Howe, 1992)

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