TOWING THE THE LINE

No 3 Civilian Anti-Aircraft Co-operation Unit notched up the distinction of operating the last Mosquitos on RAF charge. Once these aircraft were retired, they did much to preserve the type’s legacy

LAST RAF MOSQUITOS

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Groundcrew prepare Mosquito TT35 TA639 for a sortie from Exeter in 1961. This shot provides a good view of the underfuselage ML Type G wind-driven winch, which reportedly did not prove as successful as hoped and was replaced during the B35-to- TT35 conversion process by a bomb bay-mounted winch. However, it was retained by certain examples, of which TA639 was one.
ADRIAN M. BALCH COLLECTION

Twelve Rolls-Royce Merlins fell silent at Exeter Airport on 9 May 1963, and closed nothing less than one of the most important chapters in RAF history. After a farewell flypast, the final de Havilland Mosquitos on active service charge were retired, severing a remaining direct link between the wartime air force and the post-war era.

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