Visnews filmed, May 15, the nostalgic scene as the prototype Mosquito twin-engined fighter-bomber -'forebearer' of 80,000 others - was laid up near its 'birthplace' at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, UK.
SV Lord Tedder arrives
SV Lord Tedder and Air Marshal Bennet
CU John Cunningham
LV Air Marshal Sir Geofrey Tuttle makes speech
LV Sir Geofrey Tuttle cuts ribbon hangar, Doors open
SV Mosquito in hangar
CU Notice "Prototype Mosquito"
SV Pan.. Lord Tedder and Air Marshal Tuttle examine Mosquito
GV Inside hangar
SV Ext.. John Cunningham talks to Air Marshal Tuttle
LV Mosquito flies over
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Background: Visnews filmed, May 15, the nostalgic scene as the prototype Mosquito twin-engined fighter-bomber -'forebearer' of 80,000 others - was laid up near its 'birthplace' at Salisbury Hall, London Colney, UK.
A star-spangled party watched the ceremony. Group Capt. 'Cats'-eyes' Cunningham, famous wartime Mosquito night fighter pilot. Air Marshals Tuttle and Bennet Tedder, Mosquito designer R.E. Bishop, Ivor Broom (double DSO, double DFC) war's greatest Mosquito ace - they were all there.
Overhead the three remaining Mosquitoes on active service dipped their wings in salute to their 'ancestor'.
The plane will be exhibited to the public for a charge of 2s.6d. The proceeds, after up-keep expenses. will be devoted to RAF Benevolent Fund for the special benefit of widows and orphans of former Mosquito pilots.
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