One of the three photographs the author managed to take of de Havilland Mosquito TT.35 RS709 over the Cotswolds before engine issues forced John Schooling to peel away to land at Staverton in September 1964.
Stafford and fellow Simpsons engineer Dave Vince work on the starboard Merlin engine of RS712 at Elstree in September 1964.
John Schooling coaxes RS709 closer to the Piper Tri- Pacer camera aircraft en route from Abingdon to Staverton. Built by Airspeed at Christchurch as a B.35 in 1946, RS709 was converted to a target-tug and served with No 236 OCU and Nos 3 and 4 CAACUs in RAF service.
Simpsons Aeroservices engineer Dave Vince performs checks on the starboard Rolls-Royce Merlin 114 engine of RS712. Also converted to TT.35 configuration from a B.35, RS712 was sold in July 1963 and put on the British register as G-ASKB.
The airworthy TT.35 target-tugs were modified to resemble Mosquito FB. VI fighter-bomber variants, their clear nose sections and side windows being painted over before the fitting of dummy gun barrels. Here RS712 awaits maintenance on its starboard Merlin.
Photographed through the cockpit access door, Stafford Dovey of Simpsons Aeroservices Ltd smiles as he dodges intense flak over Berlin in Mosquito RS712 - in his dreams!
The author during a photo-sortie in another Tri-Pacer, G-ARYH, in the summer of 1964.