De Havilland Mosquito Part 2 Single Stage Merlin Fighter: Wingleader Photo Archive 31 *Pre-Order*

ISBN: 9781908757340
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Wingleader
Release Date: May, 2024

Book Details

Continuing with the mammoth task of covering all types of Mosquitos in the WPA series, Ian Thirsk now turns his attentions to the fighters. Again, we had far too much material to fit into
one volume, so this one follows the lead of the bombers by covering the single-stage Merlin variants in this first part.
Ian 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, so is the perfect author for such a task.
This volume covers the F. Mk. II through to the NF. Mk. XIX. A huge amount of extra ‘kit’ was installed during this development and we’ve tried to cover it all 72 pages.
To this end, the author has made great use of letters and numbers to identify various interior and exterior details which are so vital for the experienced modellers.

‍This book contains approx 120 original wartime/post-war photos and 6 in-depth colour profiles


Recently retired as Head of Collections and Research at the Royal Air Force Museum, Ian Thirsk has long held a fascination for aviation, first inspired by his father who worked for de Havilland’s at Hatfield. Ian joined the Royal Air Force Museum in December 1989, starting in the Visual Arts Department as an Assistant Curator. In 1994 he became Curator of the Museum’s Film and Sound Recordings Archive, overseeing the collection’s preservation and conservation and ensuring its accessibility for research and external users.

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 MonthlyFlypastThe Aviation Historian etc

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