Mystery Mosquito

By Robert Gill

What is the event here?
Campus West Library - Welwyn Garden City
De Havilland works 1943 with flight hangers lower left

The first photograph was taken at de Havillands sometime in the 1940s. It shows a group of people sitting on and around the fuselage of a Mosquito aircraft in front of the flight hangars that existed until demolition either in the late 1940s or early 1950s.

What was the occasion of the photograph? And who are the people present and what is the identity of the aircraft?

Note: the aircraft might be the Mosquito prototype W4050, but this is just a guess.

The second photographs provides an aerial view of de Havilland taken on 31st January 1943.

This page was added on 19/07/2011.

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  • 1945 Colin was 15. His son has the original. Colin sent the picture to a magazine and.

    By Mary (03/05/2021)
  • 1945 Colin was 15.

    By Mary (03/05/2021)
  • I understand that the photo of the mosquito fuselage is the last mosquito built at Hatfield. It was a B35 (TK656). The young person squating at the tail end is Colin Ewer who later became a volunteer at the de Havilland museum and was in charge of the wing restoration up until it was mated to the fuselage of TA122.

    By Linda Glasby (02/08/2015)