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Used in 1943

Although the de Havilland Mosquito was the fastest aircraft in the early years of the Second World War, even faster than the Spitfire, the fact that it was designed as a unarmed bomber worked against it in combat.

Manufacturing of the de Havilland 98 MosquitoThe original unarmed design was based on its high speed and ability to fly as high as the best aircraft of the time. After it was introduced, it quickly demonstrated its ability to out-fly any opponent was its most effective defense.

However, the de Havilland Mosquito did not remain an unarmed aircraft. The fighter version carried four, 20-milimetre cannons and four .303 calibre guns. Other modifications included a 57 millimetre quick-firing gun and a pressurized cockpit, which was useful against the Junkers Ju 88Ps, which flew at very great altitudes.

The speed and enormous firepower of the Mosquito made it very effective as a night and day fighter that could successfully challenge any enemy aircraft. It was especially talented at intercepting the V-1 Flying "buzz:" bombs that terrorized the English countryside.


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