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Mosquitos in US Service and In General

Mosquitos in US Service and In General
Author: Ian Le Sueur (Guest)
Time Stamp:
06:53:44 25 July 2001
Post:
Did British built aircraft supplied to the USAAF keep their British serial numbers, if so can anyone give me info on Mosquito either NS630 or N6630. The slightly blurred picture that I have shows that it has an 'E' on the tail and invasion stripes under the fuselage so I would guess the shot was taken sometime in 1944.

Also which Mk of Mosquito would have been fitted with the paddle type prop blades and also have their bomb bay bulged to accept the 4000lb Cookie?



RE: Mosquitos in US Service and In General
Author: Chris Charland (Guest)
Time Stamp:
14:30:19 25 July 2001
Post:
Hi Ian

de Havilland Mosquito NS630 was a P.R. XVI of the 25th (Reconnaissance) Group, 8th Air Force

As far as I can ascertain, all the British-built Mossies that served with the U.S.A.A.F carried their original R.A.F. serial numbers. Canadian-built B.Mk.XX's which were designated F-8 by the U.S.A.A.F. carried American serial numbers. These ranged from 43-34924 to 43-34963.

The first operational use of the 4,000 pound 'Cookie' blast fragmentation bomb (also referred to as a 'block buster') by Mossies took place on the 23rd of February 1943 when modified B.Mk.IV's of No.'s 627 ad 692 squadrons attacked Dusseldorf.

The Mosquito B.Mk.IV, B.Mk.IX, B.Mk.XVI, B.Mk.35 all carried the 'Cookie' either after being developed (the B.Mk.XVI evolved from the B.Mk.IX) or converted to do so.

Cheers...Chris



RE: Mosquitos in US Service and In General
Author: Ian Le Sueur (Guest)
Time Stamp:
20:39:42 25 July 2001
Post:
Hi Chris

As usual thanks for the info.

I have a picture taken by a US serviceman of a as it says on the reverse of the photo 'A Limy Mosquito one smacked up a while back'. I've had the picture blown up and it appears that this particular Mossie has a bulged bomb-bay but is fitted with the paddle type prop blades, rather than the more slimline pointed affair as fitted to the BlV as appears in another photo that I have of a 692 Sqn Mossie.

I'm trying to whittle identity of the unit down for this photo.