De Havilland Mosquito PR Mk VIII

The PR Mk VIII was an interim photo reconnaissance Mosquito, built to fill a gap before the arrival of the PR IX and PR XVI. Five PR Mk VIIIs were constructed by fitting 1,565 hp Merlin 61 engines to standard Mosquito B.Mk IV Series II aircraft. This two stage supercharged engine greatly improved the performance of the Mosquito at high altitude. No. 54 Squadron received the first Mk VIII in late 1942. The type carried out its first successful mission on 27 February 1943. On 8 March 1943, a PR Mk VIII became the first Mosquito to photograph Berlin.

 Mosquito Photo-Reconnaissance Units of World World 2, Martin Bowman. The third of three books looking at the RAF career of the Mosquito, this volume looks at the career of the Mosquito as a unarmed photo-reconnaissance aircraft, relying on its exceptional speed to keep it safe. [see more]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (15 April 2007), De Havilland Mosquito PR Mk VIII,

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