Airfix A04023 De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI, 1/72 Scale

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Without question, the de Havilland Mosquito qualifies as one of the finest fighting aeroplanes of the Second World War and one which could claim to be the envy of every other air force, particularly the Luftwaffe, who tried, but never quite managed to produce an equivalent aircraft. A true multi-role aircraft, the Mosquito's famous nickname 'The Wooden Wonder' referenced the fact that this hugely successful British aircraft was constructed using 'non-strategic' materials and employed a clever system of balsa and birch plywood lamination, which gave the aircraft great strength. Although they relied on the performance and survivability of their Mosquitos, men in these units would often take its nickname a stage further and affectionately refer to their aircraft as 'Flying Furniture'.


1. De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI No, 571 Squadron, No 8 (pathfinder) Group, Royal Air Force Oakington, Cambridgeshire, England, September 1944 (A)

2. De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI No. 109 Squadron , Royal Air Force Wyton, Cambridgeshire, England, 1944 (B)