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Farewell to Glyn Powell – the man who made Mosquito restoration possible

  Everyone involved at The People’s Mosquito has been saddened to hear of the recent passing of Glyn Powell in New Zealand. Our thoughts are very much with his family and friends at this time. Glyn Powell was the father of the modern-day de Havilland Mosquito. Seven years before the tragic loss of RR299, Glyn […]

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News to put a Smile on any Mossie fan’s face

  You can now support The People’s Mosquito through Amazon Smile! We are delighted to confirm that The People’s Mosquito is now a registered charity on Amazon Smile. Every time you shop online via Amazon Smile, Amazon makes a donation to help restore RL249 and return a Mosquito to UK skies. Every penny and pound […]

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Flying the C-47 Dakota with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

  On the morning of 6 June 1944, the arrival of more than 800 C-47 Skytrains (or Dakotas to us Brits) helped to transport 24,000 troops to Normandy. It was the vital precursor to Operation Overlord. Commemorating the aircraft that made what was then the largest airborne invasion ever seen possible, more than 30 C-47s from […]

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World’s only airworthy World War One bomber takes to the skies

What a fitting testament to the genius of the engineers at Retrotec and the dedication of all involved in this remarkable restoration. All at TPM would like to congratulate Guy and Janice Black, as well as pilot Dodge Bailey and the entire HAC team, on a successful first flight for the world’s only airworthy World […]

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Another important milestone reached as fuselage mould takes shape

  The People’s Mosquito has reached another important project milestone with confirmation by Retrotec that the engineering design team has completed CAD modelling of the new Mosquito fuselage mould. This essential stepping stone in the journey towards a UK restoration of RL249 is fundamental to enabling a new airframe to be constructed under UK CAA […]

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A giant leap forward for RL249’s return to flight

In March, we issued a couple of pictures on social media featuring the arrival of the 200,000 tonne Al Dahna container vessel docking in Southampton, along with a subsequent image showing a precious cargo container loaded on a truck! We appreciate not every supporter is a frequent user of Facebook and Twitter, so for those […]

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Endcliffe Park commemorative flypast honours crew of B-17G Mi Amigo

  For those in and around Sheffield this Friday, specifically Endcliffe Park at 8.45am, the planned flypast on Friday 22nd February, has now been confirmed. Nearly 75 years ago, Mi Amigo was badly damaged by enemy fighters on a raid to Aalborg, Denmark. The raid was a diversionary mission, designed to confuse Luftwaffe defences as […]

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Remembering Operation Jericho 75 years on

75 years ago, Mosquitoes from 140 Wing 2TAF carried out one of the famous precision bombing raids of the war. Operation Jericho saw 18 Mosquito FB.VI aircraft from 464 Squadron RAAF, 487 Squadron RNZAF and 21 Squadron RAF, along with a single PRU Mosquito, escorted by Hawker Typhoons from 198 and 174 Squadrons, strike Amiens […]

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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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