What a great day for Fighter Factory!!
Thanks to Jerry Yagen:
The plane has been finished in the colors and marking of the 487th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force that, flying their Mosquitos, took part in the daring Allied raid dubbed “Operation Jericho” where Allied bombers attacked the Amiens prison in German-occupied France, causing extensive damage to the facility and enabling over a hundred Resistance prisoners, who were scheduled for execution, to escape.
Mosquito T Mk.III TV959, formerly in the collection of the Imperial War Museum and now owned by Paul Allen's Flying Heritage Collection, is stored awaiting rebuild to fly with AvSpecs at Ardmore airport, Auckland, New Zealand.
Mosquito T Mk.43 NZ2308, dual control Mosquito, the Australian equivalent of the British T Mk.3. It began life on the Bankstown assembly line as a FB Mk.40, A52-20, and was converted to T43 status as A52-1054. It was one of four purchased by the RNZAF in June 1947 and flown across the Tasman Sea in four hours. It was disposed of in 1955 and ended its days on a farm at Riwaka in the north of the South Island. Bought by Glyn Powell it is being restored to airworthy using a new build fuselage and wings by Glyn.