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de Havilland DH98 Mosquito of the "Carpetbaggers" 492nd-801st BG. Probably taken at their base AAF 179 Harrington, England. Equipped with special Joan - Eleanor radio receivers and used to collect transmissions from OSS agents in enemy territory on missions nicknamed "Red Stocking".



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15 January 2015 18:12:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations and place associations

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