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Great Britain's De Havilland Mosquito photo reconnaissance

Photos

De Havilland Mosquito PR Mk IX reconnaissance:
Great Britain's De Havilland  Mosquito PR Mk IX reconnaissance
De Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI reconnaissance in service with the French:
Great Britain's De Havilland Mosquito PR Mk XVI reconnaissance in service with the French

Variants

  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.I: Photo reconnaissance version.1,2 Had three vertical cameras.2
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.VIII: Photo reconnaissance.1
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.IX: Photo reconnaissance.2 Had two stage supercharged Rolls-Royce Merlin 72/73 engines.2 First flew in April 1943.2
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI: Photo reconnaissance.1,2 Had a pressurized cabin.2
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.32: Photo reconnaissance.2 Had longer wings.2
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.34: Photo reconnaissance.1 High altitude.1 To be used in Far East.1 Had extra fuel in a bulged bomb bay.1 First delivery in July 1944.1
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.40: Australian version.2
  • de Havilland Mosquito PR.41: Australian photo reconnaissance.2 Had Packard-Merlin 69 (1,720 HP) engines.2
  • Fighter (F)
  • Fighter Bomber (FB)
  • Night Fighter (NF)

Usage

The Mosquito photo reconnaissance planes were used by Australia, Britain, and United States.2

The first photo reconnaissance mission was over Brest, Bordeaux, and La Pallice.2 The Mosquito on the mission was able to outrun three Bf 109s at 23,000'.2,3 This mission occurred on September 20, 1941.3

Specifications

  de Havilland Mosquito PR models
Type Photo reconnaissance2
Crew 22
Engine (Type)  
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"2
16.51 m2
Length 41' 6"2
12.65 m2
Height 15' 3"2
4.65 m2
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  de Havilland Mosquito PR.I2,3
Type Photo reconnaissance2, Reconniassance3
Crew 23
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 212,3
Cylinders V 123
Cooling Liquid3
HP 1,250 each3, 1,480 each2
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"3
Length 40' 6"3
Height 15' 3"3
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded 19,200 lb3
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 17,000' 380 mph3
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling 28,800'3
Range 1,370 miles3
Armament None3
  de Havilland Mosquito PR.IX2
Type Photo reconnaissasnce2
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 722
Cylinders V 122
Cooling  
HP 1,680 each2,3
Propeller blades 3 each2
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty 14,569 lb2
6,608 kg2
Loaded 22,000 lb2
9,979 kg2
Performance  
Speed 408 mph2
657 kph2
Cruising speed 250 mph2
402 kph2
Climb 2,850'/minute2
868 m/minute2
Service ceiling 38,000'2
11,582 m2
Range 2,450 miles2
3,943 km2
Armament  
  de Havilland Mosquito PR.322
Type Photo reconnaissance2
Crew  
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 113/1142
Cylinders  
Cooling  
HP  
Propeller blades  
Dimensions  
Span  
Length  
Height  
Wing area  
Weight  
Empty  
Loaded  
Performance  
Speed  
Cruising speed  
Climb  
Service ceiling  
Range  
Armament  
  de Havilland Mosquito PR.Mk 34
Type Photo reconnaissance1
Crew 21
Engine (Type) 2: Rolls-Royce Merlin 76 or 113 piston1,2
Cylinders Inline1
Cooling  
HP 1,710 each1,2
Propeller blades 3 each2
Dimensions  
Span 54' 2"1
16.51 m1
Length 41' 6"1
12.65 m1
Height 15' 3"1
4.65 m1
Wing area 454 ft2 1
42.18 m2 1
Weight  
Empty 16,631 lb1,2
7,544 kg1,2
Loaded 25,500 lb1,2
11,567 kg1,2
Performance  
Speed  
Speed @ 30,500' /
9,295 m
425 mph1
684 kph1
Speed @ 30,500' /
9,296 m
425 mph2
684 kph2
Cruising speed  
Cruising speed @ 30,000' 325 mph2
523 kph2
Climb  
Climb to 15,000' /
4,570 m
72 minutes1
Service ceiling 36,000'1,2
10,970 m1, 10,973 m2
Range 3,500 miles1,2
5,633 km1,2
Armament None1

Sources:

  1. Fighting Aircraft of World War II, Editor: Karen Leverington, 1995
  2. Aircraft of WWII, Stewart Wilson, 1998
  3. World War II Airplanes Volume 1, Enzo Angelucci, Paolo Matricardi, 1976
20th Century American Military History Crucial Site

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