Mosquito Fighter Bomber
WW II Fighter Bomber
The Mosquito Fighter Bomber was a versatile operational aircraft used during World War II. It stood out as one of the few aircraft structures predominantly made of wood, with the exception of its aluminium tail. With its remarkable capabilities, the Mosquito performed a wide range of tasks on various fronts of the war, primarily functioning as a fighter-bomber plane.
When production of the Mosquito commenced in 1941, it quickly gained recognition as one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Its service extended until the 1950s. Unfortunately, in March 1948, a Mosquito piloted by Lieutenant Stanley, a member of the 738 Hal Far Squadron, met with an accident. The aircraft’s engine malfunctioned, causing it to crash into the water approximately half a mile off the coast. While the observer, Lieutenant Marshall, was rescued, the pilot was not found.
Today, the wreck of the Mosquito lies horizontally on the sandy seabed, with its wheels facing upwards, off the coast of Delimara at a depth of 40 meters. Divers exploring the site will encounter two engines, parts of the airframe, and a partially buried tail embedded in the sand. The wreck was discovered in 1993, and one of the engine propellers is on display at the War Museum in Malta.