ANTIPODEAN NIGHT HUNTERS

DE HAVILLAND MOSQUITO WORLD WAR TWO

Andrew Thomas outlines 456 Squadron RAAF’s time as a de Havilland Mosquito night-fighter unit during the Second World War

Up from Middle Wallop in mid-1943 is Mosquito II DD739/RX-X. It was lost on a ‘Mahmoud’ bomber support sortie to the Kassel area on 4 December along with its crew.
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The Royal Australian Air Force’s 456 Squadron received its first three Mosquito IIs, equipped with the AI Mk.IV radar, at Valley on Anglesey on 30 December 1942. By the end of January 1943, it had 17 of de Havilland’s elegant masterpieces and it was destined to be the sole RAAF night-fighter squadron within Fighter Command during the war.

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