But some gentle persuasion of the ministry by Air Marshal Sir Wilfred Freeman, who sat on the Air Council as Member for Research and Development, resulted in a new Specification, B1/40, detailing a light bomber capable of carrying a 1,000lb load over a distance of 1,500 miles which could, presumably if it failed in this respect, be quickly modified as. Apr 15, 2007. A look at the succesful career of the de Havilland Mosquito as a Night Fighter. 100 Group as long range bomber escorts. Defensive. The Merlins are mounted in low-drag nacelles which also house the main undercarriage. The B.XVI bomb bay had bulged doors to accommodate single 4,000lb High Capacity bomb). The de Havilland Mosquito was a twin-engined aircraft of plywood monocoque construction, designed. Speed: 612 km/h Ceiling: 9500 m Range: 1960 km. Shortly after the raid at Jena, Nos 105 and 139 Squadrons were transferred from No 2 Group, which had left Bomber Command for the newly-formed Second tactical Air Force, to the Pathfinder Force (No 8 Group) and began to re-equip with an improved bomber Mosquito, the B.IX.
In the rush to mark all the aircraft, masking and spraying sometimes gave way to more expeditious method of painting them by hand. Invasion stripes, like the ones being applied by the ground crewman in the museum's exhibit, would have completely encircled the wings and fuselage.