Remembering the loss of RL249 – 70 years on

  14 February 2019 marks a special day for The People’s Mosquito. It marks the 70th anniversary since the loss of Mosquito RL249, the former 23 Squadron NF.36 piloted by Pilot Officer ‘Dickie’ Colbourne alongside his regular navigator and friend, Flight Sergeant William Kirby. The crash claimed the life of Flight Sergeant Kirby and resulted […]

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New Mosquito painting helps support The People’s Mosquito

  The People’s Mosquito introduces a new work by aviation artist Matthew Emeny, titled ‘Mossie cross the Mersey’. Regular followers of our Facebook Group will have seen images of the Mosquito painting in progress over recent weeks and it’s now possible to reserve a limited edition print of this eye-catching scene, depicting a fictional Mosquito […]

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Mosquito documentary from a must-see aviation channel

The Mosquito’s enduring appeal and the story of its incredible genesis, characterised by the design brilliance and tenacity of De Havilland in 1939-1940, have given rise to several films and documentaries over the decades, but it’s always delightful to see the story told of the genius of British aeronautical design that conceived this most iconic […]

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A Christmas Mosquito tale – this year’s essential listening

It will surprise few of you to know that here at The People’s Mosquito, we love the De Havilland Mosquito: everything about it, from its genesis and design to its awe inspiring performance, unrivalled versatility and enduring legacy for aircraft construction. We also love Christmas – as the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time […]

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Talking genetics with Airshows International Radio

Dunsfold Wings and Wheels 2017 not only gave members of the public an opportunity to enjoy some much needed (and long overdue) summer sunshine, it also helped to generate considerable support for The People’s Mosquito (TPM). It proved a great opportunity to promote the project’s aims to those who visited our stand on 26-27 August […]

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Join us at Dunsfold Wings and Wheels

The People’s Mosquito board members and committed volunteers are in action this weekend for Dunsfold Wings and Wheels on 26th & 27th August. The sun was shining on Saturday as the team met members of the public, resulting in a successful fundraising day. If you’re planning a trip on Sunday, be sure to visit The […]

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A rare bird at Iwakuni – Part 1

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The People’s Mosquito enjoys friendly relations with many Service units and their Associations. Two cases in point would be No 81 Squadron Association – an Affiliate of TPM and the holder of the proud record of having performed the last operational sortie by a Mosquito in RAF service – and No 656 Squadron, Army Air […]

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Mosquitoes – Paving the way for D-Day

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The moon shone on scudding clouds which fled before a gusty wind; the same strong wind whipped up 4 to 5 foot waves, which crashed onto a sandy shore, littered with strange steel obstacles. It was not as bad as last night, but the wind would pick up again, sometime in the next few days. […]

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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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