View Full Version : One Of The Little Known Mosquito's... Mk.XVIII Tsetse

10-11-2008, 01:08 AM
Here is a version of the famous Mosquito that has been overlooked and did fly combat missions during the war. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif

Mosquito Mk.XVIII Tsetse... orginally thought up for tank busting it later flew for Coastal Command and was quite effective with it's 57 mm gun.

De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk XVIII: As FB Mk VI with 57-mm, 6-lb (2.7-kg) Molins gun in fuselage replacing four 20-mm cannon; also armed with four 0.303-in (7.7-mrrf) machine guns and two 500-lb (227-kg) bombs or eight 60-lb (27-kg) RPs under wings. Total of 27 converted from FB Mk Vis; first flown June 8, 1943; initial operations October 24, 1943, with No 248 Sqn, Coastal Command. Sometimes referred to as the 'Tse-tse'.

Mk.XVIII Tsetse (http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_mosquito_XVIII.html)



10-11-2008, 01:30 AM
Wasnt the tsetse project ended when they started to use rockets?

10-11-2008, 01:49 AM
Yes... it was easier to fire off a round of rockets at a moving ship. But it did have it's victories againest subs and shipping from what I have read about this aircraft. Not many were produced though at only 27.

10-11-2008, 04:45 AM
Alex Crawford's recently done a book on the Tsetse, not sure if it's available yet.

10-11-2008, 08:26 AM
Yeah, a salvo of rockets was easier to use for the average pilot than the gun, which required precise aiming and a very good pilot.

Like the Hurricane IID with its 40mm 'tin-opener', and the Stuka's big 37mm AP cannon, great results were acheived by a few pilots who were the best shots, but that was not the norm.

A salvo of 8 rockets was a lot of destructive power all in one go which had splash damage too.

I'm sure once the pilots got used to the rockets 'drop' they also had very good results.

10-11-2008, 10:53 PM
A video clip of the Mosquito in action... there is also some film footage of the Mk XVIII that starts at 2:40 into the clip.

Mosquito Gun Camera Footage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnQs1KivnFk&feature=related)

10-12-2008, 11:20 AM
That is a good movie clip which I haven't seen before. The Molins cannon and it's automatic feed system of 24 rounds was a real engineering marvel.

Here are some photos.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/il2/57mmMolins.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/il2/MolinsA1.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/il2/MolinsA2.jpg

10-13-2008, 07:58 AM
I may be wrong but I think Hendon museum has one of these on display...

Memory a tad hazy at this hour...

10-13-2008, 10:07 AM
Choctaw111... Great photos. That cannon is a lot larger than I thought and with a auto feed it had a better fire rate than the 75mm used on the B-25 which was manually loaded.