The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is a British multi-role combat aircraft with a two-man crew which served during and after the Second World War. It was one of few operational front-line aircraft of the era constructed almost entirely of wood and was nicknamed "The Wooden Wonder". The Mosquito was also known affectionately as the "Mossie" to its crews.
The first production night fighter Mosquitos - minus turrets - were designated NF Mk II. A total of 466 were built with the first entering service with No. 157 Squadron in January 1942, replacing the Douglas Havoc. These aircraft were similar to the F Mk II, but were fitted with the AI Mk IV metric wavelength radar. The herring-bone transmitting antenna was mounted on the nose and the dipole receiving antennae were carried under the outer wings.
The second aircraft, flown on 15 May 1941, was the night fighter prototype. A total of 466 Mosquito Night Fighter Mk IIs were produced, but the total production of all types of Mosquito was 7785, built at factories in Britain, Canada and Australia. With a maximum speed of over 400 mph, and outstanding versatility, the Mosquito became one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War.
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