IXO Models IXJ200603 RAAF De Havilland Mosquito Mk VI Fighter-Bomber - No. 464 Squadron, 2nd TAF, Attack on Amiens Prison, February 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, commenting on the British airmen in the Battle of Britain
The "Mossie," as it was known affectionately by its British crews, was both simple in construction and design. It was a twin engine, single boom aircraft that placed the pilot and navigator in a side-by-side sitting configuration. The Mosquito was one of the most cost effective aircraft ever built because it was constructed out of wood. Balsa was used for the plywood skin, Sitka spruce from Alaska and British Columbia for the wing spars, and Douglas Fir stringers and birch and ash for the longitudinal pieces. These were all held together with glue and wood screws. The result was an airplane that was easy to maintain, tolerant of battle damage, and simple to patch. It was faster than the Spitfire, flew higher than almost any other aircraft, and carried tremendous firepower over great distances. The bomber version operated with relative impunity over Germany til the end of the war, because the Luftwaffe never had a nightfighter fast enough to intercept it. Interestingly, the night fighter versions of the Mosquito remained in production until 1947, two years after the war in Europe had ended.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a RAAF De Havilland Mosquito Mk VI Fighter-Bomber that was attached to No. 464 Squadron, 2nd TAF, then participating in the attack on Amiens Prison during February 1944. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 9 inches
Length: 6.75 inches
Release Date: August 2005
Historical Account: "The Walls of Jericho" - No. 464 Squadron RAAF was a Royal Australian Air Force squadron during World War II. It was formed in the United Kingdom, under the Empire Air Training Scheme.
The squadron is famous for participating in Operation Jericho: a daring low-level air attack by Allied aircraft on Amiens Prison in Nazi-occupied France, which was conducted on February 18th, 1944. It succeeded in destroying the prison and releasing many of the French Resistance prisoners, 120 of whom were to be executed the following day.
The raid was carried out by 19 Mosquito Mk. VI aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF), Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), led by Group Captain Percy Charles Pickard.
Taking part in the mission were 18 aircraft from No. 487 Squadron RNZAF, No. 464 Squadron RAAF and No. 21 Squadron RAF, all from 140 Wing of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, along with one (unarmed) Mosquito from the Photo Reconnaissance Unit (PRU).
The Mosquitos were escorted by Typhoons from three other squadrons: No. 174 Squadron RAF, No. 198 Squadron RAF and No. 245 Squadron RAF. The PRU Mosquito circled above the prison, taking cine film of the attack and reporting results to the attacking force.