Mosquito Menacing the Reich, Martin W. Bowman

Mosquito Menacing the Reich, Martin W. Bowman

Combat Action in the Twin-Engine Wooden Wonder of World War II

The Mosquito was one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War, performing in a wide range of roles including night fighter, low level attack, unarmed reconnaissance, medium bomber (capable of carrying a 4,000lb bomb), pathfinder and maritime strike aircraft.

This book consists of a series of first-hand accounts from the aircrews that flew the Mosquito in these many roles, mainly from the RAF and Commonwealth air forces, but also including the USAAF's use of the aircraft on photo reconnaissance missions from Britain. The first-hand accounts are linked by a useful text that places them in context. There are also some nice accounts from people who were on the ground when the Mosquitoes attacked.

Most chapters cover a particular use of the Mosquito, but there is also a more detailed examination of the Shell House raid, an attack on the Gestapo HQ in Copenhagen, carried out to prevent the Germans from destroying the Danish resistance.

One has to be impressed by the sheer variety of experiences recounted by the men who flew this remarkable aircraft, and full of admiration for them, especially for those who were flying the unarmed versions of the aircraft deep over German territory.

1 - Down Low
2 - On High
3 - Finders, Markers and Light Night-Strikers
4 - Berlin or Bust
5 - Fast Night-Striking Force
6 - The Banff Strike Wing
7 - Star and Bar
8 - The Reich Intruders
9 - The Shell-House Raid
10 - 'The Forgotten Front'

Author: Martin W. Bowman
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Pen & Sword Aviation
Year: 2012

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