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ADPS 005 - Israeli Air Force de Havilland Mosquito
The “Wooden Wonder” in Heyl Ha’Avir Service Part-1 1948-1953
by Shlomo Aloni
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Soft cover, A4, 64 pages of text, approximately 140 B&W photos and eight
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English and German text in parallel columns. Extensive collection of
Reviewed by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
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there was a marriage made in hell, it was between the early Israeli Air
Force and the de Havilland Mosquito. As in any relationship gone bad,
there was plenty of blame and recrimination.
side there were the accusations of inadequacy; the aircraft suffered
from woodworms, structural disintegration and poor reconditioning. On
the other side was blame for lack of understanding; the pilots didn’t
know how to handle the aircraft.
surprisingly, blame may not be equal, as there is often more truth in
one side’s story than in the other’s.
author begins his monograph with an account of the IDF/AF’s (Israeli
Defense Forces / Air Force) early recognition of the need for a
long-range attack aircraft, to carry the fight to Israel’s enemies. The
search began for a sizeable, two-seat, multi role combat aircraft. The
de Havilland Mosquito was considered to be the answer.
in the first couple chapters, describes the various means the IDF/AF
used to obtain the Mosquitos. First they were bought from the UK
through third part purchases, and later directly from France. Nearly
all the Mosquitos acquired, and put in service with the IDF/AF, were
ex-French aircraft that were reconditioned in France and ferried to
some of those ferry flights did not go as well as planned. A bit of an
incident occurred when the British mistook the “IAF” painted on the side
of the aircraft to mean “Iraqi Air Force”.
remainder of the monograph goes on to discuss the training of Israeli
crews and the introduction of the Mossie into IDF/AF service. It is
here we see that the marriage was doomed.
appears that the IDF/AF wasn’t exactly sure how to treat the aircraft;
was it a fighter or bomber. Then there was the siren’s song of the sexy
Spitfire. Finally, there was the fact that the pilots really did not
understand and treat the Mossie well.
the relationship between the Mosquito and the IDF/AF lasted nearly ten
years, the actual marriage lasted but a mere three. One could even
blame the Gloster Meteor for immediate cause of the breakup.
any good story about a doomed relationship, there is the album of
pictures of the participants. This album has an excellent collection of
pictures of the aircraft and the crews. One will note that the Mosquito
was not glamorously attired, basic silver with red or black accents
seemed to be the favored style. Finally a chart listing all those
the dedicated devotee of the Mosquito, and those who have an interest in
the Israeli Air Fore, this monograph comes highly recommended. For all
others, this monograph provides interesting insight into why some
marriages between aircraft and air force fail.
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