Remarks by Carlo Soliani: "D.H.98 Mosquito prototype is pictured while it was at the A&AEE for "Performance and Brief Handling trials", these trials ended after only 8 1/2 hours as the fuselage failed on February 24, 1941. Due to the use of non-panchromatic film, the bright yellow overall finish appears dark. It is still wearing the 'Class B' markings E-0234 applied before the first flight of November 24, 1940.
This aircraft was the first of fifty ordered from the drawing board,
allocated s/ns W4050 to W4099 (c/n 98001 to 98050), and this batch
W4050 prototype (initially E-0234)
W4051 P.R. Mk.I prototype
W4052 F. Mk.II prototype
W4053 F. Mk.II (converted to T. Mk.III)
W4054-W4063 P.R. Mk.I
W4064, W4065, W4067-W4072 B. Mk.IV Srs.I
W4066 P.R. Mk.IV Srs.I
W4073-W4099 F. Mk.II and N.F. Mk.II (three converted to T. Mk.III)
These early Mosquitoes were characterized by "short type"
engine nacelles (each nacelle ends exactly at the trailing edge of
the wing, while in all the following versions the "long
type" nacelle protrudes well beyond the trailing edge).
Also the engine cowling and exhausts are of different shape as
adopted by later production models.
All these features are clearly visible in the photograph and can be
more easily appreciated comparing it with photograph 978
that depicts a Mosquito of a later series (with
"long type" nacelles and later exhaust pipes)."