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45 Mosquitos by Drawings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)


Drawing - Signed and dated March 1945

Image Area: 7ins x 9ins

When the Mosquito entered production in 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Entering widespread service in 1942, the Mosquito first operated as a high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, and continued to operate in this role throughout the war. From mid-1942 to mid-1943 Mosquito bombers were used in high-speed, medium- or low-altitude missions, attacking factories, railways and other pinpoint targets within Germany and German-occupied Europe.

From late 1943, Mosquito bomber units were formed into the light night strike force and used as pathfinders for RAF Bomber Command's heavy-bomber raids. They were also used as bombers in high-altitude, high-speed raids that German night fighters were almost powerless to intercept. One of the most famous of all pilots was Leonard Cheshire, who earned his Victoria Cross whilst flying the Mosquito

Although only a small drawing of a Mosquito attacking a train, it is very detailed and shows the pilot's eye view form the cockpit which Norman would have understood from his own flying experiences in his friend's Tiger Moth

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