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Thunder at Dawn by Robin Smith.

Thunder at Dawn by Robin Smith.

A pair of de-Havilland Mosquito Mk IVs flying low over the coast of Norfolk where they were based during the Second World War.
Item Code : RS0022Thunder at Dawn by Robin Smith. - This Edition
PRINTSigned limited edition of 500 prints.

Paper size 26 inches x 19.5 inches (66cm x 49cm)Artist : Robin Smith£95.00

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The Aircraft :
MosquitoUsed as a night fighter, fighter bomber, bomber and Photo-reconnaissance, with a crew of two, Maximum speed was 425 mph, at 30,300 feet, 380mph at 17,000ft. and a ceiling of 36,000feet, maximum range 3,500 miles. the Mosquito was armed with four 20mm Hospano cannon in belly and four .303 inch browning machine guns in nose. Coastal strike aircraft had eight 3-inch Rockets under the wings, and one 57mm shell gun in belly. The Mossie at it was known made its first flight on 25th November 1940, and the mosquito made its first operational flight for the Royal Air Force as a reconnaissance unit based at Benson. In early 1942, a modified version (mark II) operated as a night fighter with 157 and 23 squadron's. In April 1943 the first De Haviland Mosquito saw service in the Far east and in 1944 The Mosquito was used at Coastal Command in its strike wings. Bomber Commands offensive against Germany saw many Mosquitos, used as photo Reconnaissance aircraft, Fighter Escorts, and Path Finders. The Mosquito stayed in service with the Royal Air Force until 1955. and a total of 7781 mosquito's were built.

Aviation History Timeline : 20th March
20March1917Frank McNamara of No.1 Squadron AFC was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross
20March1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. L. Ward of 32 & 145 Squadrons, was Killed.
20March1942General der Flieger Rudolf Bogatsch of General der Luftwaffe beim OB. des Heeres was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1942Oberst i.G. Hans Seidemann of Luftflotte 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945 Robert Irion of 339th Fighter Group, 505th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945 Vernon Barto of 339th Fighter Group, 504th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
20March1945Fahnenjunker-Oberfeldwebel Leopold Hackl of Stab/Nacht-Schlachtgeschwader 3 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Dr. med. Ernst Ebeling of 3./Kampfgeschwader 53 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Hauptmann Ernst-Georg Drnkler of 1./Nachtjagdgeschwader 5 was awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1945Leutnant Karl-Ludwig Johanssen of I./Nachtjagdgeschwader 6 was posthumously awarded the Knight's Cross
20March1977Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O C. C. Ellery of 264 Squadron, Passed away.

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