MOSQUITOS OVER SCANDINAVIA
A Norwegian squadron was the first ‘Free’ formation to fly the Mosquito and, as Andrew Thomas describes, the exiles exploited the Wooden Wonder to its full potential
“The Norwegians became expert in navigating the bleak area, where action was not long coming”
In April 1943, the Norwegianmanned 1477 Flight – equipped with Catalina flying boats – received six Mosquito Mk.IIs. Unable to be based at the unit’s regular haunt in Scotland’s Woodhaven, the new aircraft were formed into a ‘B’ Flight and based at nearby Leuchars.
On May 5, the expanded formation became 333 (Norwegian) Squadron under Commander Finn Lambrechts and ‘B’ Flight began operations on May 27. Its pilots not only flew the first Mosquito fighters issued to Coastal Command, but were also the first ‘Free’ formation – national units of European airmen in exile – to fly the type.