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The Heinkel He 177 Greif became known as the "Flaming Coffin" due to the serious engine problems on initial versions of the aircraft, many of these because of the engines' installation in their wing nacelles. A long-range bomber, the He177 was wrongly designated a dive bomber to perform a milder version of the Stuka dive bombing.In common with most German bombers, the He 177 was grounded from the summer of 1944 on as Allied bombing crippled German fuel production.
One of Coastal Command's most potent weapons, the Mosquito F.B.XVIII was fitted with a quick firing Molins 6lb cannon, one sinking a U-boat off the French coast in March. The cannon was short lived as the rocket projectile was introduced, increasing the Mosquito's firepower still further.