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The 1:72 scale de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI version of Airfix with two different marking options is coming soon!
Scheme B – de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI NS519
Scheme B – de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI NS519, 653rd Bomb Squadron, 25th Bomb Group, 325th Photographic Wing, USAAF, RAF Watton (AAF Station 376), Norfolk, England, September 1944.
Scheme B showcases the de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI NS519 belonged to the 653rd Bomb Squadron of the 25th Bomb Group, 325th Photographic Wing, USAAF. This plane was stationed at RAF Watton (AAF Station 376) in Norfolk, England in September 1944. It was primarily used for photographic reconnaissance missions over enemy territory.
The markings on this plane were more elaborate than Scheme A, with the standard RAF roundels on the wings and fuselage, along with the USAAF star and bars insignia. The serial number NS519 was also displayed on the fuselage.
The Historical Significance of the De Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI
The de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI was a game-changer in aerial warfare. Its speed, range, and versatility made it a valuable asset for the Allied forces. The plane was designed and built by de Havilland, a British company known for producing innovative planes during the war.
One of the unique features of the de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI was its wooden construction. This made the plane lighter and faster than other planes of the time. It was powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, which gave it a top speed of over 400 mph. The plane had a range of over 1,500 miles, which made it ideal for long-range reconnaissance missions.
The de Havilland Mosquito PR.XVI was also used for other missions, such as bombing and night-fighter operations. The plane was equipped with bombs and machine guns, which made it a formidable opponent to enemy forces. The aircraft’s speed and maneuverability made it difficult for enemy fighters to engage in combat.