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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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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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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The People’s Mosquito prints now available on eBay

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We are pleased to be able to now offer an outstanding set of exclusive Mosquito prints for sale online. The three high quality, 12″ x 16″ poster prints, have been created especially for The People’s Mosquito by Airpower Art, based on photographs by Neil Hutchinson Photography, and have proved so popular at airshows this summer, that we have decided to continue […]

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Airshow attendance dates 2015

We’re excited to announce some dates for events this summer at which the TPM stand will be present. We hope we can get to meet you at one of these. At each event there will be at least one or two of us from the team –  and in some cases more – to answer any of […]

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Wartime Diaries of a de Havilland Engineer – Postscript 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. He retired in 1985, having spent 50 years with the company. Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, have been serialised previously on this site, and you can read the […]

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OTD – Josef Goebbels' Diary – 13th March 1945

From the diary of Germany’s Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Josef Goebbels, March 13th 1945: “This evening’s Mosquito raid was particularly disastrous for me because our Ministry was hit. The whole lovely building on the Wilhelmstrasse was totally destroyed by a bomb.  The throne-room, the Blue Gallery and my newly rebuilt theatre hall are nothing but […]

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Wartime Diaries of a de Havilland Engineer – Postscript Part 1

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. Dick’s wartime diaries, adapted by his nephew Roger Coasby, have been serialised previously on this site, and you can read those previous instalments here. This is the first part of the postscript […]

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