Aircraft of the Aces Mosquito Aces of WWII Osprey Books

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Known as the Wooden Wonder due to its construction, the Mosquito developed into one of the most versatile aircraft of WW2. Entering service with Fighter Command in early 1942, the Mossie was soon helping to counter the so-called Baedeker raids on Britains Cathedral cities. By the time of the Luftwaffes Baby Blitz on Britain, it was at the very heart of the countrys night defences, and the fighter was later at the forefront of countering the V1 flying bombs by night in 1944 thanks to its high speed and effective air intercept radar. Flown by specialised nightfighter squadrons, the Mosquito was equipped with ever-improving airborne radar as a standard fit, and combining its ability to see the enemy at night, with speed and the devastating hitting power of four cannon made it probably the finest nightfighter deployed by any side during WW2 hence its use by leading RAF, Commonwealth and American aces. The Mosquitos range and striking power also led to its deployment by Coastal Command as a very effective long range fighter, taking on German long-range maritime fighters and bombers over the North Sea and Bay of Biscay. The Mosquito was also deployed overseas in both the nightfighter, long-range fighter and strike roles. It flew with distinction over Italy and Burma, and was also operated by the nightfigher squadrons of the 2nd Tactical Air Force on the Continent after the D-Day landings. It again proved devastatingly effective against enemy night activity and also in supporting the campaign into Germany. Back in England, the Mosquito was also selected as the nightfighter of choice in the Bomber Support role flying with the bomber streams to hunt out the enemys own nightfighters. It achieved considerable success in this role. In total some 59 pilots became aces flying the Mosquito, with a further 49 scoring at least part of their total flying them.