MOSQUITO WITH ADDED BITE

TSETSE MOSQUITO | THE RAF’S BIG GUN

DAVE UNWIN EXAMINES THE ‘BIG GUN’ VARIANT OF THE LEGENDARY DH.98.

An official photograph of Mosquito FB Mk.XVIII NT225 on August 5, 1944. This 6Pdrarmed ‘Tsetse’ flew with 248 Squadron out of Portreath, Cornwall.

Having flown operationally as a fighter, night-fighter, fighter-bomber, bomber, photo-reconnaissance and in many other roles, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito can probably be considered to be the first multi-role combat aircraft and one of the most versatile aircraft ever made. Possibly one of the least known variants was the FB Mk.XVIII, often referred to as the ‘Tsetse Mosquito’ as it possessed a particularly powerful sting!

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