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Corgi Aviation Archive AA32809: de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk IV of 235 Sqn RAF, D-Day, June 6th 1944. Limited Edition of 3,000 pieces.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 9 inches
The new Coastal Command camouflage scheme for strike aircraft was first introduced in in March 1944 when Special Coastal Duties Scheme A was amended to be Extra Dark Sea Grey and Sky to Pattern No., with Extra Dark Sea Grey spinners and no additional recognition markings. Serial numbers were to be Night and roundels standard National marking I on upper surfaces and National marking III on the fuselage. In April 1944 SHAEF Operational Memorandum introduced the distinctive black and white striping which were to be applied to all US and British aircraft to make them more easily identified as ‘friendly’ by ground and naval forces below during the D-Day, June 6th 1944 landings at Normandy in June 1944 and for operations after. This was to become effective on the day of the assault and thereafter until deemed advisable to change.
Designed in a private venture as a high-altitude, high-speed unarmed bomber, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was first flown on November 25th, 1940. The Mosquito was one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War. Only the Ju 88 could rival its versatility. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the all-wood Mosquito was as fast as a fighter and could carry the payload of a medium bomber. During its lifetime, the Mosquito was used in varying roles, which included night fighter and ground attack. It carried radar systems and cannons, and there was even a carrier landing version.