TIL one of the most important Allied aircraft of WWII, the De Havilland Mosquito, was built mainly from wood

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  1. All wood aircraft with 2 rolls royce merlins strapped on? It was fast… very fast. It excelled in many roles inc low level ground attack, reconnaissance etc.

    It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito… I turn green and yellow with envy,’ Hermann Goring barked.

    The Mosquito became one of the most versatile and beloved planes of the war, and is still particularly remembered for its part in the daring Operation Jericho raid. This was an attempt, in 1944, to liberate a prison in German-occupied France where prominent Resistance fighters were being kept. The plan was both surgical and crude. Surgical, because the Mosquitos would swoop in nail-bitingly close to specific parts of the target, and crude because the aim was literally to blow giant holes in the prison walls so the POWs could run out to freedom.

  2. Fun fact: the Mosquito could be considered the world’s first stealth airplane. Due to its plywood construction, it tended to absorb radar instead of reflect it like an all metal fuselage would.

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