The Wartime Diaries of a Mosquito Navigator – Part 4

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My uncle, John C. Pickford, served in the RAF from 1941 until 1946. Between October 1944 and the end of the war in May 1945, he flew about fifty operations over Germany as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer in Mosquitoes. With the aid of his flight logs and entries in Operations Record books, over the coming months I […]

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The Wartime Diaries of a Mosquito Navigator – Part 3

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My uncle, John C. Pickford, served in the RAF from 1941 until 1946. Between October 1944 and the end of the war in May 1945, he flew about fifty missions over Germany as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer in Mosquitoes. With the aid of his flight logs and entries in Operations Record books, I will provide an insight […]

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BFBS Brize Norton interview – aired January 2016

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In December our Chairman and MD, John Lilley and Nick Horrox, our Director of Communications spoke to Jo Thoenes of BFBS Brize Norton (@bfbsbrize) about the project and the history of the Mosquito. The links to Oxfordshire started with the very first operational sortie by a Mosquito in 1941, from RAF Benson. Post-war, RAF Brize Norton […]

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The Wartime Diaries of a Mosquito Navigator – Part 2

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My uncle, John C. Pickford, served in the RAF from 1941 until 1946. Between October 1944 and the end of the war in May 1945, he flew about fifty missions over Germany as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer in Mosquitoes. With the aid of his flight logs and entries in Operations Record books, over the coming months I […]

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DVD – The Geoffrey de Havilland Story

Available now at bit.ly/TPMeBayShop: “The Geoffrey de Havilland Story” – a drama documentary by commercial and display pilot Steve Bohill-Smith and award-winning, BAFTA nominated Director of Photography Ashley Rowe BSC. The home-made flying machine had just been rolled out of a shed in a field on the Highclere estate in Hampshire. It was the winter […]

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The Mosquito at 75

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This November 25th marks the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the de Havilland Mosquito. To celebrate this event and mark the anniversary, we take a brief look at how we got where we are today. The Birth of the Mosquito – the First True Multi-Role Combat Aircraft It was in the late 1930s […]

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The Wartime Diaries of a Mosquito Navigator – Part 1

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My uncle, John C. Pickford, served in the RAF from 1941 until 1946. Between October 1944 and the end of the war in May 1945, he flew about fifty missions over Germany as a Navigator/Bomb Aimer in Mosquitos. With the aid of his flight logs and entries in Operations Record books, over the coming months I […]

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Video: Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown – Axis aircraft, ejection systems and Schräge Musik

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In April 2015 we spoke to our patron, the late Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown. He discussed some of the captured German aircraft he flew and in particular talked about ejection systems and Schräge Musik. We are pleased to present that conversation to you now in the following video. Warning: some of the material contained in the […]

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Video: Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown – the Mosquito deck trials 1944

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In April 2015 we spoke to our Patron, the late Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, about the first carrier deck landing, in March 1944, of a De Havilland Mosquito: the first British twin-engine aircraft, and the heaviest, to have been landed on a deck at that time. Capt. Brown also stressed the importance of the Mosquito to […]

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