I'm currently working on a 1/48 model of a 618sqn Highball Mosquito as based at Narromine NSW.
I was wondering if any memebers had in info on the colour scheme used by this unit.
Any pics would be great too.
This book may give background information. I haven't seen it. It does not appear to contain pictures.
A MOST SECRET SQUADRON, The Story of N0. 618 Squadron RAF
Bookseller: Derek Vanstone Aviation Bks
(Sudbury, SFK, United Kingdom) Price: US$ 80.71
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Book Description: Skitten Books, 1995. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. 202pp, Ill. Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # AM116102
According to Squadron's Mosquito in action 2. 618 took with them; 25 Mk IV's, 12 FB VI's, 3 PR XVI's & 125 highball bombs.
Despite intensive training an important enough target couldn't be found & the squadron disbanded at war's end.
I saw your enquiry and can point you to a couple of sources of information.
On the ADF serials board, there was a discussion on this last year and there is a photo and a couple of profiles set up. It also has quite a bit of information on serials/codes/versions for the Mosquitos.
It also refers to a book called 'Mosquito Monograph' by David Vincent. This is a great book but long out of print. I have mine with me today and it has a whole chapter on 618 Sqdn in Australia. There are photos of all 3 versions of Mosquitos used. They all seem to have RAAF Blue/White roundels in 4 positions (no underwing roundels in the few shots of Mk IV's I've seen). The Mk IV's and VI's appear to be in Medium Sea Grey/Dark green schemes. The only picture of a Mk XVI is in a hanger and I guess the ADF profile might be right and it is PRU blue. Sorry I can't send any photos - no scanner. By the way the book also shows a natural metal Mk II Barracuda - P9911 of 618 sqdn
The other book mentioned in this thread A MOST SECRET SQUADRON, The Story of N0. 618 Squadron RAF is currently available at a local bookshop Hylands. I flicked through it but other than a single post war shot of an engine nacelle at a farm, there are no additional photos of the planes in Australia.
Narromine Air Museum - 618 Squadron Mosquito model
February 2 2007, 7:35 AM
A former work colleague of mine is the former Curator of the Narromine Air Museum and he has made a Mosquito from 618 Squadron for display in their display. I will let him know about your request and hopefully you two can converse on this subject.
I have a copy of the pages from the 1974 Airfix Annual with the highball conversion detailed if anyone is interested I can email them through as they were sent to me in .PDF form. The details are a bit different to the Paragon kit and the differences are explained in the text, as far as I know there were basically 3 distinctly different types of delivery system for Highball used on the mosquito.