Aviation Books > DH Mosquito Bombers - Part One: Single Stage Merlin Variants: Wingleader Photo Archive Number 17
DH Mosquito Bombers - Part One: Single Stage Merlin Variants: Wingleader Photo Archive Number 17
Publisher: Wing Leader
When we first set out on this series, our aim was not only to reproduce the best wartime photographs available, but also to have the most knowledgeable authors on the subject to write about them. I think we’ve been very successful in both aims so far and for Number 17 I’m delighted to welcome another new author to the team who certainly fits that brief. Mosquito expert Ian Thirsk was of course Head of Collections and Research at the RAFM and has also been a volunteer member of the DH Museum’s Mosquito restoration team for over forty years!
Ian’s first task was to try to work out how to separate the vast amount of material into logical volumes. The obvious way was to group them by role, but even this needed to be further divided to allow us to use most of the material that we had. As such, this first volume covers Mosquito bombers fitted with single stage Merlin engines. (From a visual point of view, that means those without the extra intake immediately under the spinner).
We have to say that we learned a lot about the Mosquito whilst putting this volume together and we are sure you will too. We have a significant amount of close-up detail shots in this one, which should be of great use to modellers, especially those making the larger scale versions of this classic aircraft.
And before you ask, we think that there will be at least four volumes dedicated to the mighty Mozzie in this series!
In 2010 he succeeded Richard Simpson as Keeper of the Museum’s Aircraft and Exhibits Department; the job title being revised to ‘Head of Collections’ to incorporate a wider remit including responsibility for the Museum Curatorial Department at Cosford plus the Reserve Collection at Stafford. In addition to the Research Programme, Ian later became responsible for all Royal Air Force Museum collections, namely Aircraft and Exhibits, Archives and Library, Photographs, Film and Sound recordings plus FineArt and Medals.
In June 2013 Ian led the RAFM’s Goodwin Sands Dornier 17 recovery project and has been responsible for other notable RAFM aircraft acquisitions in recent years, including the C-130K Hercules, Harrier GR.9A, VC10C.1K and Predator Drone.
Ian maintains a lifelong interest in aviation history, especially the products of the de Havilland Aircraft Company and in particular the Mosquito. Ian has been a voluntary member of the DH Museum’s Mosquito Team for over forty years, initially overseeing restoration of TT.35 TA634 and later acting as advisor during the conservation of the original Mosquito Prototype W4050. Previous publications include ‘de Havilland Mosquito: An Illustrated History Volume 2’ for Crecy Publishing plus various magazine articles for Aeroplane Monthly, Flypast, The Aviation Historian etc.
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