Mosquito Aircraft Production at Downsview

Creator(s): Toronto Aerospace Museum

Production of the CD "Mosquito Aircraft Production at Downsview" was the culmination of decades of research by dedicated enthusiasts in Canada, the U.K., and U.S.A. Over 1000 photos and illustrations of the Canadian-built Mosquito aircraft were available from various public and private archives, and from these about 350 of the best were selected for the project. This selection was further edited down to 250, plus cover shots. This latest edition includes a French translation and some rare shots from the recently acquired J. Grant Glassco Collection. Some errors and omissions were corrected as a result of feedback from enthusiasts in the USA and UK.

In some cases, the 50-60+ year photos were in dubious quality. This project has salvaged the many badly damaged and faded photographs. In other cases, photos that would have been previously rejected for publication were rendered acceptable, at least for onscreen viewing. Editorial preference was given to action shots, unpublished material, shots with identifiable persons, and those of significant historical interest. Some very rare material was discovered and preserved in the course of this project. The inclusion of authentic sound effects is something new and interesting for this type of subject matter. The result is a unique Canadian photo story from WW II that has never been adequately told before.

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