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

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 the war effort, grouping it with the Spitfire and Lancaster as one of our three most important aircraft of the Second World War.

We are pleased to present that conversation to you now in the following video:



Another video featuring Capt. Brown discussing some of the captured Axis aircraft he flew is available here.

Thanks to Mark Bloomfield for the generous loan of his time, equipment and expertise, and also to Allan Udy of Historic Aviation Film Unit for providing the superb Mosquito footage featured in the video.

10 thoughts on “Video: Capt. Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown – the Mosquito deck trials 1944

  1. Sad to learn about the passing of Eric “Winkle” Brown on 21Feb2016 … I was privileged to know this remarkable man & pilot … May he RIP … Chris

  2. Wow! That is a real eye-opener, from one of aviation’s true masters. I’m having a bit of ‘Mosquito Week’ at airscapemag.com – would you mind if I shared the clip there as well?

  3. What a wonderful history lesson!….Oh, the wealth of our time thus far speaks to us….and what a privilege to listen and learn……So many are leaving us…in many respects its the ‘natural flow’…but so much is lost…

    On my daughter’s 21st birthday, I handed her ten, 200 page diary books’ written almost every single day, from her birth forward to that day…….maybe that’s my attempt to dissuade loss… I don’t know.

    I think its wonderful that someone has used enough foresight to keep this gentleman’s contributions alive….

  4. What a coup to record these amazing memories, as well as endorsement for the project as well. Congratulations.

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