Aesthetically it's one of the most beautiful
airplanes ever designed.
It's right along there with a Spitfire and the Hunter and a few
others that you just look at it and it's just got the lines.
It just looks right.
It's one of those classic airplanes.
Mosquitos bombed Berlin a hundred days in a row.
What other aircraft could do that?
Just about any job you wanted to get done, you could do.
Remarkably you could do that job with just two people.
There were so many planes that crews eight or ten, that were
getting shot down in huge numbers and many people dying.
The Mosquito, it's arguable, could have done a lot of that
work if there had been enough of them with putting so,
so few people at risk.
The Mosquito was unique.
It adapted to so many roles and we flew it under so many
different circumstances from ice cold to tropical heat.
It was used for photo reconnaissance, fighting,
bombing, it was used for intruder mission.
It could fly very low at high speed
and surprise enemy installations without warning.
It could carry as much as the American B-17,
the four-engined American plane.
It could go twice as fast, so it could make two trips when the
B-17 was only making one.
The Mosquito became known also the "Gestapo Hunter".
So they used specific Mosquito squadrons to hit the Gestapo
headquarters all over Europe.
So they had a tremendous reputation.
The Mosquito was also used at sea, but it was used to sink
submarines or attack with rockets, cannon fire,
or machine gun fire, enemy shipping.
The most important role of Mosquito was the high level target
marking for the Pathfinders.
Just because it could do something that none of the
others could do.
The speed and the agility
and some of the other things that it did,
other aircraft could do but nothing else but the Mosquito
could do the high level target marking.
It was used for high level reconnaissance.
It could go above 40,000 feet easily and take aerial
photographs of the enemy, look at the weather,
map a future battlefield.
It also played a major role with the Pathfinder Force.
The Mosquito could fly 10,000 feet higher
than the other bombers.
So it could be used for that.
So it was often used with the Pathfinders at high level.
It was also used at low level for marking targets.
It could be used as a night fighter.
It could find enemy aircraft with a radar in its nose, track
them down and shoot them.
I think it had a huge impact because towards the end of the
war, if the war would have been continued, I think that you
would have seen the Mosquito being the primary bomber and
they would have stepped away from the heavy bomber because
the aircraft was capable of delivering a heavy payload with
high accuracy, because it only carried two crew.
Sadly we lost too many guys on a heavy bomber
when we lost one of those.
For this airplane it seemed to be production was ramping up
rather than down towards the end of the war.
Only the odd Mosquito was shot down
and that was mostly by anti-aircraft.
Fewer, by far than the bomber stream, we lost a third compared
to 50%, with a crew of two instead of seven or eight.
The Mosquito had the lowest loss rate
of any Allied bomber during World War II.
As spectacular as its performance was it turned out to
be one of the safest airplanes.
The Mosquito of course was built as a bomber,
so after World War II, there wasn't a lot of
call for bomber airplanes.
A lot of them got distributed to countries after World War II, to
the Middle East and to the Scandinavian countries and that
sort of thing, but there wasn't a war to fight.
Most airplanes spend their lives outdoors.
Of course being a wooden airplane they're going to rot
pretty quickly, they're going to fall apart.
Over 7,700 airplanes built, Mosquitos,
during and after World War II.
By the year 2015 now, we're down to about 30.
They simply disappeared.