The Wartime Diary of a de Havilland Engineer – Part 5

Richard (Dick) Whittingham spent all his working life at de Havilland, starting as an apprentice in 1935 and finishing up as a senior production engineer. This is the fifth extract from Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, and it gives a personal insight into those exciting days at Hatfield in the early […]

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‘Per Ardua Ad Astra’ – the N.F. Mk XV, a Mosquito worthy of the motto!

The motto of the Royal Air Force might well be said to apply to the de Havilland Mosquito. If it were not for the struggles of Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Rhodes Freeman, the Air Member for Research and Development and Geoffrey de Havilland, Snr., the Mosquito might well have been still-born. However, there was […]

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Operation Jericho – Mosquito Attack on Amiens Prison – 18th February 1944

This month marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Jericho, a daring low-level raid involving nineteen Mosquitos of No. 140 Wing of the RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force, to free members of the French resistance and Allied intelligence officers being held in Amiens prison in northern France. Background In 1943 many members of the French resistance […]

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The Wartime Diary of a de Havilland Engineer – Part 4

Richard (Dick) Whittingham spent all his working life at de Havilland, starting as an apprentice in 1935 and finishing up as a senior production engineer. This is the fourth extract from Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, and it gives a personal insight into those exciting days at Hatfield in the early […]

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Mind-boggling Mossie Mysteries No.4 – Answer

OK folks, here’s the answer to our latest Mind-boggling Mossie Mystery: What connects Nell Gwyn, Winston Churchill and the Mosquito? As many of you have rightly posted, the answer is, of course, Salisbury Hall. Nell Gwyn (or Gwynn or Gwynne depending on source), Charles II’s most famous mistress,  was reputedly “installed” at a cottage within the grounds of Salisbury […]

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30th January 1943 – Mossies put the kibosh on Herrs Göering & Goebbels

30th January 1943 was the tenth anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power. To coincide with the commemorative rallies, the first daylight raids over Berlin took place on that day when Mosquitoes carried out two attacks timed to disrupt speeches being delivered by Reichsmarschall Hermann Göering and Joseph Goebbels, the Third Reich’s Propaganda Minister, at the main broadcasting […]

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The Wartime Diary of a de Havilland Engineer – Part 3

Richard (Dick) Whittingham spent all his working life at de Havilland, starting as an apprentice in 1935 and finishing up as a senior production engineer. This is the third extract from Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, and it gives a personal insight into those exciting days at Hatfield in the early […]

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The Wartime Diary of a de Havilland Engineer – Part 2

Richard (Dick) Whittingham spent all his working life at de Havilland, starting as an apprentice in 1935 and finishing up as a senior production engineer. This is the second extract from Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, and it gives a real insight into those heady days at Hatfield in the early […]

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Mind-boggling Mossie Mysteries No.3 – Answer

OK folks, here’s the answer to our latest Mind-boggling Mossie Mystery: Over which country was the last RAF operational sortie by a Mosquito flown, and what was the Mark?’ Congratulations to all those who correctly answered that the last operational sortie by an RAF Mosquito was flown over Malaya by a PR34a. On December 15th […]

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