Photograph of F/L Henley Neilson Scott (always went by Neil), DFC, RCAF, and his navigator, F/O Andy Sarmat, when with 139 Jamaica Squadron at Upwood, April-May 1945. Courtesy of Andrew Scott.

“The experts on the Air Staff who turned down the Mosquito as a type in the early days might be interested in the argument which subsequently became current to the effect that one Mosquito was worth seven Lancasters. For those mathematically minded, here is the exercise: A Mosquito carried a little over half the bomb load of a Lancaster to Berlin. Its casualty rate was about 1/10th of that of the Lancaster. Its cost was 1/3rd of the Lancaster, and it carried two people in its crew instead of seven.”

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