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HISTORY HIGHLIGHTS: ONE THIS DAY 12TH MARCH 1945. MK 35 VARIANT OF THE DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO LIGHT BOMBER MAKES ITS MAIDEN FLIGHT.

The de Havilland Mosquito is a two-seat twined with Merlin 113-114 engines, multi purpose monoplane constructed primarily of wood, it was nicknamed 'The Wooden Wonder'. The B.35 could carry a single 4,000lb 'Cookie' Bomb of general purpose, Medium case of High explosive type or four 500lb bombs internally, then with the addition 500lb bomb under each wing. The first example of this awesome plane was built by hand at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, Hertfordshire, England first flew on November 25th 1940 and still survives, in a museum located at the site of its construction. On this day 12th March 1945 the last bomber variation of this famous plane was the B35 making her first test flight, with the last being delivered in August 1946. 274 Mosqito B.35s were constructed. Although the end was ending before it could be used operationally, the plane entered service with the post-war Royal Air Force serving as a bomber until 1954. The plane was extremely versatile, innovative and the use of different materials produced a high performance world beater. Via Forces War Records Blog
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