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From the PublisherBarnett on Aviation (online), May 2007
“I cannot believe that any modeler wanting to build a Mosquito could do so without this book – it has details beyond galore, markings I'm not used to seeing on RAF aircraft (American-style nicknames, mission-marks, etc.), battle damage, weird offshoot uses ... everything – including a special section on the anti-sub version with a 57mm (aka 6-pounder) cannon … As for historians, no one can really understand the operation of this magnificent flying machine without wading deep into the operational specifics of individual aircraft, and this book does it in spades … Cap that off with the clear superiority of Crecy book manufacturing standards, and this is a remarkable, fantastic book … Bottom line: if you have any interest in the Mosquito, you NEED this book.”
De Havilland Mosquito An Illustrated History Volume 2 Ian Thirsk- November 2006
Rex was called up on 5 May 1946, aged 18, and commenced his training at Locking, Weston-Super-Mare as a ground crew flight mechanic, airframes. After training, he was initially posted to Hawarden, near Chester, and then to the ex-American air base at Little Snoring, Norfolk, where he was involved in re-furbishing various types of Mosquitos for sale and export to Turkey and other countries.
Rex was in charge of a flight crew carrying out the refurbishment, and flew with the aircraft pilots on air test, before signing off as airworthy and clear for export He also worked on Halifaxes and Lancasters, but he maintains that the “Mossie was his true love”.
Of the book, Rex states: “I found it precise and objective with intimate histories of the various marks. The depth of accumulated information is so detailed that few questions remain. I found it difficult to put the book down. It vividly refreshed old memories.”