Walkaround #780

De Havilland Mosquito

 Canadian built B Mk XX Mosquito (roughly equivalent to British Mk IV)

Reference photos by Wayne Bowman

This shows the aft bulkhead of the bomb bay. The silver actuators have been disconnected from their brackets on the aft end of the bomb bay doors.



Photos directly below were taken in 1998 at the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa. The subject is a Canadian built B Mk XX Mosquito (roughly equivalent to British Mk IV) and, as I was told at the time, is the only surviving (in tact) example of single stage Merlin variant.  Special thanks to the staff of the museum who allowed me to cross the ropes and stick my head up into the bomb bay and wheel wells to take these photos.

Many more great Mosquito photos are available on the Canadian Aviation Museumís web site. I highly recommend visiting them if you are in the Ottawa area. It was worth the drive from Toronto!!!

Wayne Bowman

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The forward bulkhead of the bomb bay. In this case the actuators remain attached to the forward brackets of the bomb bay doors. Also visible at the top of the photo is the previously mentioned removed panel, allowing a view into the cockpit.

This view looks aft along the starboard side of the bomb bay. The bomb racks are not present in this aircraft. The red objects in the upper right corner of he photo are the fuel tanks/cells.
Another view showing detail further aft in the bay.
The museumís example had a panel in the forward ceiling of the bomb bay removed allowing these shots up into the cockpit area. This shot looks up at the aft face of the pilots seat. To help orient you, at the top right of the photo is the escape hatch located in the upper part of the canopy.


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This view shows the starboard cockpit side wall with somewhat disassembled instruments. I believe the removed panel is roughly where the bombardier/navigatorís seat would be. In the upper left corner of the picture is one of the small (sort of ) triangular windows in the canopy which is hinged to open inward.

This is a shot looking up into the bombardierís position, port/upper side. I believe the red/brown hose was part of the defogging apparatus.
This shot looks at the bombardierís position, starboard side. Of note here in the bottom right portion of the glazing is the support mount for the bomb site. Also note all of the chipped paint exposing the wood structure. Youíll have to put your silver tones away when weathering one of these.
This is the aft landing gear bay. Of note is the spring mechanism used to draw closed the aft end of the gear doors.


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This shows the forward landing gear bay bulkhead with what I believe is a hydraulic fluid reservoir/tank.

Not present on the museumís example is the complex wire rigging used for opening/closing the gear doors.
The shot here of the port landing gear reveals something a little different. Almost all reference material which Iíve looked at, shows the gear being painted silver. The museum staff told me that this aircraft arrived to them from the RCAF in these colours, including the black /dark brown landing gear. Perhaps this is unique to Canadian built Mosquitos???


Photos and text © by Wayne Bowman