Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Apr

10

1943

RAF trials – a high altitude radar guided dogfight

The 'wooden wonder' the Mosquito aircraft which served a number of roles. Even in this publicity shot with a message to 'Adolf' chalked on the 4,000lb 'cookie' bomb, the highly secret bombsight has been obliterated by the censor.

The small, fierce sun threw harsh shadows on the wing, and as we climbed the sky became darker and darker, and the windows began to frost over until only part of the windscreen and a few patches at the side remained clear. This was all quite different from what I had known of even our fairly regular flights to the higher altitudes of about twenty-five thousand feet. The cabin pressure was at an artificial thirty-two thousand feet, but the altimeter needle, slowing down now, had just passed the mark for forty-three thousand feet.