This second of two volumes on de Havilland? "Wooden Wonder" covers the World War II bomber and photoreconnaissance variants of the deadly Mosquito. Along with its night fighter and fighter-bomber variants, Mosquito bomber squadrons attacked the enemy around the clock. Pinpoint assaults on specialist targets were another aspect of Mosquito operations, whose destructive effect on the Axis was constantly felt. Also featured in this volume is the Mosquito? operational service between 1942 and 1945 within the ranks of the RAF, Commonwealth air forces, and US Army Air Force, as well as postwar use.
Ron Mackay? interest in WWII aviation commenced during that war. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of the German language subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations? relevant choice, since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Squadron, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered.

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