June 1943 the Mosquitoes of 2 Group Bomber Command were
merged with 8 Bomber Group, already known as the Pathfinder
Force, under the command of Air Commodore Don Bennett.
Part of the unit, starting with 139 Squadron, were scheduled
for night time high level nuisance bombing, known by
the crews as 'spooks' - this was the beginning of the
Light Night Striking Force. Initially using Mosquito
B. Mk IV's and lX's, the force flew operations over
many targets including Berlin, Cologne and Dusseldorf,
dropping incendiaries and 500lb bombs. The speed of
the Mosquito enabled even short breaks in the weather
to be used for bombing, in fact Berlin and back took
only four hours. In
February 1944 the 4000Ib 'cookie' bomb was first used
operationally using modified Mk IV's, however in March
the B. Mk XVl was introduced. With its swollen 'bomb
bay', a pressurized cabin and an operational height
of 35000 feet the Mk XVI arrived only just in time as
the enemy had developed flak that was accurate to nearly
40,000 feet, far too much for the heavy bombers which
attacked at half this height. Flying from such bases
as Downham Market in Norfolk and Woodhall Spa in Lincolnshire
they attacked singularly, in pairs or sometimes with
as many as ninety aircraft. The force was so successful
that Don Bennett ordered a fleet of 200 Mk XVI's and
from April 1944 Mosquito's were undertaking constant
nightly attacks on cities in Western Germany. Equipped
with 50 gallon wing tanks the Mk XV could easily reach
cities such as Berlin, often taking longer routes to
mislead the enemy.
of the most remarkable things about the Mosquito was
its versatility and the Strike Force turned its attention
to many different duties such as the low level mining
of canals. In the lead up to D-Day. 8 Group undertook
marking operations and bombed railway marshalling yards
and oil refineries and later they were used for the
precision bombing of tunnels and dropping 'window' to
confuse enemy radar before a major attack. Between May
1943 and May 1945 the Light Night Strike Force flew
nearly 27,000 sorties dropped about 10,000 'cookies'
or 26,000 tons of bombs and flew 68 percent of its operations
when heavy bombers were not operating, Due to the speed
and manoeuvrability of the Mosquito they lost only 108
of their number, a truly amazing achievement for a little
unarmed, wooden, two man aircraft.
is June 1944 and Mosquito B. Mk XVI's of the Light Night
Strike Force, with their distinctive bomb doors and wing
tanks return from a raid over Berlin having despatched
their 4000Ib'cookie' bombs. The sun is just beginning
to rise and the peaceful tranquillity is shattered as
these majestic aircraft power in from the North Sea and
continue their route, flying at low level over the Norfolk
Coulson, one of the worlds most highly regarded Aviation
Artists has captured the scene perfectly with this evocative
painting, proving once again that he is a master in his
field. Limited to a total of lust 370 prints world wide,
each countersigned by prominent aircrew of the Light Night
Strike Force, this is set to be a highly collectable edition.
SIGNED AND NUMBERED EDITION
295 prints with TWO signatures
Marshal Broom, Sir Ivor KCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, AFC
Squadron Leader Broom, TJ "Tommy" DFC
STRIKE FORCE EDITION
75 prints with FIVE signatures. All the above plus.
Commander Mackie, Norman DSO, DFC
Flight Lieutenant Perks, Geoffrey DFC
Wing Commander Rodley, Ernest DSO, DFC, AFC, AE
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