War veterans urged to visit de Havilland museum for new film project

NEARLY FINISHED: The prototype de Havilland Mosquito with its newly fitted pair of Rolls Royce Merli

NEARLY FINISHED: The prototype de Havilland Mosquito with its newly fitted pair of Rolls Royce Merlin 70 engines, and refurbished propellors. Photo: de Havilland Aircraft Museum - Credit: Archant

Second World War veterans are being asked to come forward with their memories as part of a new social history film launched by an aviation museum.

Those who flew in de Havilland Mosquito fighter-bombers, and others who worked for the Hatfield-based aircraft company, are being asked to recall their time spent with the firm for the project, which was launched by the London Colney de Havilland museum.

Film unit director and museum member, Richard Knapman, will be putting the project together.

He said: “This is a thrilling new project the museum has started and a very important one as it will put on permanent record the experiences of all those involved in a wide variety of roles in de Havilland’s contribution to Britain’s darkest hours.”

Some of the first to face the video film unit will be some of the former RAF pilots and navigators, who will be among the official guests at the 75th anniversary celebration of the mosquito’s maiden flight in November (25).

These are expected to include retired Royal Navy test pilot Capt Eric ‘Winkle’ Brown, 96, the first pilot to land a Mosquito on an aircraft carrier deck.

Reg Davies, 93, a wartime Mosquito navigator who now lives in Barnet, is also expected to be filmed.

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Richard added: “We will be recording these stories on full HD and it will be a permanent record of remarkable people making an invaluable contribution to Britain’s wartime endeavours.”

Richard can be contacted via email at rakmuseum@gmail.com

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