Following the success of the release of the ‘Lancaster’ film last year, the question arose, which aircraft could be the third in the trilogy. (‘Spitfire’ having been the first).
The natural choice was the de Haviland Mosquito and attention turned to arranging interviews with veterans. As part of obtaining first-hand testimony we were keen to ensure we could represent the versatility of the Mossie, which came across as the essence to the story of this much-loved aircraft. It is quite remarkable, and stands testament to the ingenuity and skill of the designers and developers, that the Mossie had so many roles: night-fighting; bombing; photo reconnaissance , coastal and anti-shipping ops, intruder sorties, and it’s contribution in the Burma campaigns.
With veteran meetings lined up it was a case of scouring through logbooks and delving deep into the archives to establish an approach to the interviews, and to cross reference the first-hand accounts with the official records. It has been quite a fascinating, remarkable and humbling experience to carry out research for the interviews and be present with Director David Fairhead as he skilfully posed the questions and directed the interviews.
Following are a few pictures taken at the filming with some of the respective veterans, and Director David Fairhead. (Photo credits – Iain Philpott)
We now have passed double figures in regard interviews ‘in the can’, with more lined up. We have also been fortunate to link up with other Mossie-minded organisations, such as The People’s Mosquito Operation Husky – The People’s Mosquito (peoplesmosquito.org.uk) . And we were delighted to have the opportunity to film at the wonderful de Haviland Museum de Havilland Aircraft Museum (dehavillandmuseum.co.uk) , and gratefully acknowledge the support of their volunteers and staff.
So, with some great interviews already recorded, and a couple more to complete, attention will soon shift to filming the aircraft itself. Watch this space!