De Havilland Mosquito: The Original Multirole Combat Aircraft

Author(s): Philip Birtles 

ISBN: 9781781554944
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The ultimate illustrated history of the Second World War de Havilland Mosquito, the first multirole combat aircraft.

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  • Previously unpublished accounts from the designers, builders and aircrew of the de Havilland Mosquito

  • Many contemporary and previously unpublished photographs

  • Comprehensive details on the conversation of surviving aircraft

De Havilland Mosquito: The Original Multirole Combat Aircraft covers the creation, design and development of this beloved aircraft. Built in Britain, Canada and Australia, the Mosquito saw extensive service in Britain, Europe and Asia throughout the Second World War. It was initially designed as a twin-Rolls-Royce Merlin-powered unarmed bomber (with a two-man crew), but the aircraft’s versatility allowed it to carry out many more functions. The additional roles of the Mosquito included path finding and photo reconnaissance; acting as a night fighter, an intruder, or a fighter bomber; electronic counter measures and naval operations; and high-speed courier missions.

This book is essential for those seeking to study this iconic British aircraft, featuring the experiences of Mosquito designers, construction workers and aircrew. It also contains many original, contemporary and previously unpublished photographs, which cover the aircraft’s service with RAF squadrons and overseas air forces in its many varied roles. For reference, there are detailed appendices describing production, the specifications of each variant, the RAF and RN units equipped with the type, and details of Mosquitos that survive today.

BOOK ISBN 9781781554944
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 272 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 December 2015
ILLUSTRATIONS 202 black-and-white photographs



Philip Birtles started work as an engineering apprentice at the de Havilland Aircraft Company in September 1957. Following the completion of his training, he was appointed as PA to John Cunningham—the famous Second World War night-fighter ace. Philip held a number of marketing positions over the remainder of his career in the aerospace industry, taking early retirement when Hatfield Aerodrome finally closed at the end of 1993. He spent over forty years as a trustee of the de Havilland Aircraft Museum, and he has written over thirty-five books.