Meet our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are keen supporters of the project who are delighted to indicate their involvement
by helping to promote the building of a De Havilland Mosquito here in the UK to their followers, peers,
colleagues and friends at every opportunity.

Our sincere thanks for their interest and dedication.
We are looking forward to working closely with them in future.

Dr Robert Lyman MBE FRHistS

Historian, Author and Presenter

Dr Robert Lyman is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society and has received an appointment as a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford.

He was commissioned into the Light Infantry in April 1982 and spent 20-years in the British Army.

His PhD was on Field Marshal Bill Slim and became his first book, ‘Slim, Master of War’ in 2004. The primary focus of his research is the British and Commonwealth armies in the Second World War, where he has published extensively on the Pacific and Far East, North Africa and North West Europe. In 2010 he helped General Richard Dannatt write his memoirs, Leading from the Front.

In 2011 he won the National Army Museum’s debate for ‘Britain’s Greatest General’ on Bill Slim and in 2013 the debate for ‘Britain’s Greatest Battle’ on Kohima and Imphal.

Robert researched and authored two books ‘Operation Jericho’ and ‘The Jail Busters’ which featured highly detailed accounts of one of the most daring missions undertaken by De Havilland Mosquito crews.

His new account of the Burma campaign (‘A War of Empires’) was published by Osprey/Bloomsbury to critical acclaim in November 2021. In this book he argues that this campaign was a victory for India and the Indian Army.

His account of the victory in Burma was published in July 2023 under the title, The Reconquest of Burma, 1945.

His book, written with General Lord Dannatt, ‘Victory to Defeat: Britain and Her Army 1918-40’ was published, also to critical acclaim, in September 2023.

He is now writing a new book with Lord Dannatt, Korea: The Longest War, due for publication in 2025. After that he’s writing a new account of the battle of Kohima 1944. In 2023 he also edited three volumes of Bill Slim’s 1931-40 writings, published by Sharp Books.

He edited the diaries of Harry Birrell, for publication as Harry Birrell’s War by Penguin in March 2025.

Discover more about Robert here:

Dr Sarah-Louise Miller

Historian, Author and Presenter

Lucy Betteridge-Dyson

Historian, Author and Presenter

Lucy Betteridge-Dyson is a historian, author and broadcaster, with a particular interest 20th century conflict. An enthusiastic public speaker, she is passionate about engaging a wider audience with military history, and has worked on numerous television & radio shows, co-presenting the Channel 4 series ‘48 Hours to Victory’ along with BBC Sounds ‘Obsessed With…SAS Rogue Heroes’.

Keen on both horses and aeroplanes, she was awarded a distinction for her MA research focusing on the experience and use of horses and mules in the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War and works as a researcher for vintage aviation specialists Retrotec & Aero Vintage. Lucy is currently working on her forthcoming book on the Third Arakan Campaign in Burma during the Second World War, which is due for release in 2025, with Osprey Publishing.

The De Havilland Mosquito is a British icon, regularly voted the nation’s favourite Second World War aircraft – and yet one has not graced our skies for some 80 years. Having followed The People’s Mosquito since its formation, I now find myself working regularly with Retrotec, giving me a unique appreciation of the engineering magnificence of the Wooden Wonder and TPM’s aims. Supporting the charity’s effort to build this beautiful aircraft for the nation, is a worthwhile endeavour to ensure the sacrifices of all those involved in developing and flying her will be remembered for many years to come.

Discover more about Lucy here:

Flt Lt George Dunn DFC LdH

Bomber Command PIlot – 608 Sqn, 1409 Met. Flt.

Bomber Command pilot George Dunn DFC L d’H completed forty-four operations during the Second World War. George flew his first tour in 1943, on Handley Page Halifax bombers, during one of the most intense periods of the bombing war.

Following two trips as a second pilot with No. 10 Squadron, to gain operational experience, George then flew with No. 76 Squadron from May to October 1943, taking part in the Battle of the Ruhr, the Battle of Hamburg and the raid against the German secret weapon research station at Peenemünde. On completion of his tour, and a period as an instructor pilot, George then took up duties flying De Havilland Mosquitos, firstly with No. 608 Squadron and then with No. 1409 Met Flight.

George has stated:
I am delighted to accept the role of an Ambassador for The People’s Mosquito. I fell in love with the Mossie the first time I saw it and consider myself extremely lucky to have flown in such a wonderful machine. It was exhilarating to fly and really had everything, speed, height and versatility.

I flew many other aircraft but will always consider the Mossie my favourite. I offer my full support to The People’s Mosquito in their historic endeavour, which will give so many people the chance to celebrate or rekindle their love of the aircraft, along with hopefully recruiting a new generation of Mossie enthusiasts.

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