View Full Version : Are these bits of Mosquitos?

22nd Dec 2014, 04:00
I'm currently working at an airfield in Australia, and at the back of one of the hangars is a big old pile of what looks to be something big piston and old. It's reckoned to be a selection pack of Mosquito parts - or the metal bits anyhow. Alas no engines...
Any Mosquito experts wish to confirm?






22nd Dec 2014, 05:54
The canoe like fairing appears as though it could be the rear cowling round the undercarriage/engine but can't be sure.

Are there any pieces on which RAF identity numbers are stamped?


22nd Dec 2014, 07:35
Certainly looks Mosquito-ish to me. Not familiar with aircraft tyre treads in general, but those mainwheel tyres (presumably!) remind me of the 1/48 Airfix Mossie kit I've got stashed away - that has retangular tread around the edges of the tyres I think.

22nd Dec 2014, 11:27
Also look Mosquito-ish to me, so I've stuck a message on The Mosquito Page, linked to your post. The communal knowledge of those on The Mosquito Page is phenomenal and I hope that they'll help!

22nd Dec 2014, 11:59
Woo, yes.
I do think we may have bits of Mossie there.

I suspect, though, that they're from a British, rather than an Australian built one.
Anyway, let's see what DeepestSouth's contacts can come up with.

22nd Dec 2014, 12:22
You can see tailwheels in the second photo, and the pilot's seatback in the third, along with what look like maingear doors. Interesting!

22nd Dec 2014, 13:05
Stanwell - how do you tell, by the accent?..............hat, coat...................

22nd Dec 2014, 13:09
Place these pics on the "fly past"forum and you probably will get the full history of said aeroplane !!

22nd Dec 2014, 19:20
As the Mossie is known as 'The Wooden Wonder' I find that there seems to be too many metal-parts between :-/
The Mossie was piloted by two and the seating was arranged side-by side, though with at little longitudinal off-set. Would You be able to reckognize this tell-tale detail?
To honour My callname, I think there lays a Yamaha XS1100 in between ;-)

22nd Dec 2014, 22:22
Can't comment on the two-wheeled machine but reckon the rest are Mossie parts. The two largest sections look like engine/mlg bay bulkheads. In the photos the aft of each are facing the camera where the engine oil reservoir would have been mounted. At the top of each they are shaped to accomodate the mlg legs.

22nd Dec 2014, 22:36
First comment, from Andy Dawson, as follows:

"There certainly look to be some Mosquito parts in there.

Picture 1 contains nacelles (one appears to have been cut for some reason so only the bottom half remains), firewall components and at least one undercarriage leg.

Photo 2 shows the cut nacelle with the undercarriage doors clearly visible, several main wheels, a couple of undercarriage legs and what appears to be the top of the pilot's armour plate.

Photo 3; not sure. There's a flap pivot in the centre of the frame (see http://www.mossie.org/images/HJ711/large/ajd_d2006-07-02_063.jpg and what look like tail wheel tyres.

Photo 4 shows main wheels and pilot's armour plate. Also the front of the cut nacelle's undercarriage doors."

It's looking pretty conclusive, I'd say! Now - if there are any identifying serial numbers or data plates it might be possible to identify the aircraft.


23rd Dec 2014, 03:25
Well, if you listen closely to the pics, you'll detect a whine.
But, then again, all Merlins roar, don't they?

No, really, there were lots of detail differences between the OZ and UK ones.
My Mossie-expert mate is away at the moment but he'd probably know the provenance and serial number of that machine off the top of his head.

5th Jan 2015, 10:40
Well, this is what a dream looks like to me! (I have given up on the naked women draped over rusty bits !)

Most definitely some parts are Moz, though there are a grab bag of other types mixed in there, all good stuff :

Photo 1.
Definitely Moz firewall on LHS, upright, view from engine back, battered fuselage fuel tank on shelf
Definitely Moz firewall centre, upside down, view from engine back, two compression Moz legs loaded inside upside down remains of nacelle.
Look like Oxford ailerons on the top shelf.
Photo 2.
LHS Moz compression legs, closest wheel looks like Beaufort with tarmac tyre, piece of Moz nacelle fairing leaning against what I think is Oxford undercarriage fairing, not Moz.
Photo 3.
Bare Moz mainwheel in foreground, definitely Moz flap actuating arm, remains of three further firewalls in various states of undress, some wing to fuselage attachment brackets, three tailwheels with Mastrand self castoring tyres.

Can I ask the rude question ? Are any of these parts available ?:O
I am in Melbourne and can bring my own bib to catch the drool coming out of my mouth..

The way to quickly figure provenance is on the compression legs. If they have a Wunderlich makers mark they are Australian made.

Fris B. Fairing
26th Jan 2015, 02:30

Mate, Buddy, Pal

Love to catch up after all these years. Where are you working these days?

:E :E :E

1st Feb 2015, 01:38
The joy of all small boys who get to play with large toys. There are a range of aircraft types represented, mossie, beaufighter and wirraway and a tickle in the back of my mind that says Vengence.