de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk VI – F Freddie, 487 NZ Sqn, Pickard, Amiens Raid Feb 1944
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Corgi Aviation Archive Legends AA32810: de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk VI “F for Freddie” of 487 (New Zealand) Sqn , as flown by Percy Pickard on Operation Jericho (the Amiens Prison raid), France, February 18th 1944. Legends models come with fixed lowered undercarriage in a plastic blister with a display stand. Now a hard to find item.
Length 6.75 inches Wingspan 9 inches
“It’s a real death-or-glory show, boys” That was how Group Captain Percy Pickard ended the briefing for one of the RAF’s most daring and dangerous raids of WWII; “Operation Jericho”, the Amiens Gaol Raid of Feb 1944. Requested by the French Resistance to free, or to sacrifice, up to 700 prisoners held by the Gestapo at Amiens, 18 Mosquito FBVIs of 140 Wing were prepared at short notice to attack the prison at low-level and high speed, the objective being to break the walls. Led by Pickard in Mosquito HX922, 140 Wing attacked with complete surprise causing utter chaos inside the prison. 258 prisoners escaped through the breached walls, with 102 killed. Warned of collateral damage, the Resistance said death from RAF bombs was preferable to Gestapo torture and execution. Only two Mosquitoes were lost, one of which was HX922. Pickard and his navigator, “Bill” Broadley, failed to return and are buried at Amiens.
Designed in a private venture as a high-altitude, high-speed unarmed bomber, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was first flown on November 25th, 1940. The Mosquito was one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War. Only the Ju 88 could rival its versatility. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the all-wood Mosquito was as fast as a fighter and could carry the payload of a medium bomber. During its lifetime, the Mosquito was used in varying roles, which included night fighter and ground attack. It carried radar systems and cannons, and there was even a carrier landing version.