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Q. What does FAQ mean?
Q. What is a FAQ?

A. FAQ is an acronym for 'Frequently Asked Questions'. In this section I attempt to answer the more frequently asked questions so that the answers are available immediately to anyone visiting the web site. Please read the whole FAQ before e-mailing me to ask questions, yours may have already been answered!

 

Q. Where can I see a de Havilland Mosquito?
Q. Which Museums have examples of the de Havilland Mosquito?

A. See the 'locations' page for a country-by-country list of the surviving Mosquitoes.

 

Q. Are there any Mosquitoes still flying?
Q. When will the next Mosquito fly?

A. The Fighter Factory's FB.26 KA114 and Bob Jens's B.35 VR796/CF-HML located in Canada are currently the world's only flying Mosquitoes.

The People's Mosquito also has a project to return a Mosquito to the UK's skies!

There are other projects currently 'in the works' and information on these will be added shortly.

The previous flying example, a T.III, RR299, crashed at Barton in the UK on 21st July 1996 killing both aboard. For images of RR299 before she crashed, please see the 'donated files' page.

 

Q. I am looking for information on a specific person who was associated with Mosquitoes, can you help?
Q. I would like to see the RAF records for a particular person, can you help?

A. Unfortunately, generally speaking, I cannot provide information regarding individuals associated with Mosquitoes. Occasionally I can provide information, but this usually comes from one or more of the books published on the Mosquito.
RAF records are available to former Service personnel, direct relatives of the person concerned and to those who have obtained the permission of direct relatives to obtain such information. Information on obtaining these records can be found at http://www.veterans-uk.info.

To obtain information on Service personnel, you must complete a Subject Access Request (SAR) form or a Certificate of Kinship form and send it to the appropriate address.

Enquiries about RAF records held from current/former RAF personnel: A completed SAR form should be sent to:
RAF DPA SAR Section
Room 220
Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Sleaford
LINCS
NG34 8HB

SAR forms may be downloaded from http://www.veterans-uk.info/service_records/sar.pdf.

Enquiries about RAF records held from family members or other authorised individuals: A completed Certificate of Kinship form should be sent to:
RAF Disclosures Section
Room 221b
Trenchard Hall
RAF Cranwell
Sleaford
LINCS
NG34 8HB

Certificate of Kinship forms may be downloaded from http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/service_records/raf_kinship.pdf.

For a more complete list of useful research addresses, please see Larry Wright's Lancaster and Manchester Bomber Archive pages.

 

Q. Is there a Mosquito Association?
Q. Is there a Squadron Association for 'X' Squadron?

A. Please note: The Mosquito Aircrew Association (MAA) was wound up near the end of 2004.

The official pages for the MAA can now be found at http://www.war-experience.org/collections/the-mosquito-aircrew-association-archive/.

For a comprehensive list of Squadron Associations, please see Larry Wright and Louise Blackah's Bomber Command pages.

 

Q. I have information and/or news which does not currently appear on your web site, what should I do?
Q. I have photographs of a Mosquito that you could use on the site, what should I do?
Q. I have found an error on your web site, what should I do?

A. Please e-mail me! I am always looking for new information and photographs for the site and would like to correct any errors that creep in. Please mention whether you are willing for me to put what you send on the website or not and if so whether you would like your e-mail address or name only placing with what you send on the site. If you do not make it clear whether I can use the photos or information you send I will contact you before using anything you send on the site.

 

Q. I have information and/or photographs to send you, but don't have access to e-mail or a scanner, what should I do?

A. Photographs and information can always be sent to my by snail mail instead of e-mail and I will scan or transcribe what you send. If you send anything valuable to me (original photographs for example) please consider sending the letter by registered or recorded delivery. Please state clearly whether you would like what you send returning. My snail mail address is:

Please see the contact page for my snail mail and e-mail details.

 

Q. I would like to use photographs from the site, can I do so?

A. If you would like to use photographs from the site for non-commercial purposes (for example as wallpaper for the desktop of your computer), please do so. Please do not however redistribute photos to anyone else without prior permission. If you would like to redistribute photographs from this site, or use photographs from this site for commercial purposes, please contact the picture copyright owner for permission first. All images on the site are copyright Andy Dawson unless stated otherwise. Images with a name/e-mail address associated with them are copyright the named person. If no e-mail address is provided for the copyright owner, you may contact me and I will pass your request directly to the person concerned.

Images specifically created for computer wallpaper can be found here.

 

Q. Your web site appears to have some sort of web-bug on it!
Q. What is a web-bug?

A. The home page of this site contains a link to The Aviation Top 100. Part of the HTML code that goes to make up the link contains a 'web-bug', that is a small piece of code that sends some information to the server for The Aviation Top 100.

The code send a few details to the server hosting The Aviation Top 100 which allows some statistics to be gathered regarding the number of peple who visit the site, the browser they are using and so on. No personally identifiable information is sent to the server, all statistics are anonymous.

Note that The Aviation Top 100 uses cookies to store information - see the cookies section, below for details on cookies used by www.mossie.org.

 

Q. What about Google Analytics?
Q. What is Google Analytics?

A. I have implemented Google Analytics on the www.mossie.org site to provide me with some information about the numbers of visitors the site receives. This data is for my information only and will not be shared with anyone else. If you wish to block tracking of your visit to www.mossie.org, use a script blocker to block references to google-analytics.com.

Further information on Google Analytics can be found at the following URL: http://www.google.com/analytics/en-GB/.

Note that Google Analytics uses cookies to store information - see the cookies section, below for details on cookies used by www.mossie.org.

 

Q. I see that www.mossie.org uses cookies! How are they used?
Q. What are cookies?

A. A cookie, also known as a HTTP cookie or browser cookie, is used for a website to send state information to a user's web browser and for the browser to return the state information to the site. The state information can be used for authentication, identification of a user session, user's preferences, shopping cart contents, or anything else that can be accomplished through storing text data.

Cookies are not software. They can't be programmed, can't carry viruses, and can't unleash malware do unpleasant things to your computer. They can however be used by spyware to track user's browsing activities ? a major privacy concern that prompted Europe and US law makers to take action. The new EU cookie law came into effect on 25th May 2011, requiring a user's explicit consent to allow cookies to be stored on their computer, but the UK government has chosen to postpone the introduction of laws in the UK for one year.

Cookies are used in three places on www.mossie.org:

Google Analytics (mentioned above) used on most pages on the site
The Aviation Top 100 link on the front page of the site
The www.mossie.org Forum

Google Analytics uses cookies to allow it to track users to www.mossie.org. This provides me with some information about the numbers of visitors the site receives. This data is for my information only and will not be shared with anyone else.

The Aviation Top 100 uses cookies to allow it to track users to www.mossie.org. This provides The Aviation Top 100 with information that allows it to rank www.mossie.org against the other sites listed at The Aviation Top 100.

The www.mossie.org Forum uses cookies to store your login information so that once you have created a forum account and logged in, you will not be asked to log in again when using the same computer until you clear your browser cookies. No other information is stored and I do not use the information stored in the cookie at all.

If you want to remove the cookies set on your computer, clear the cookies from within your browser. Instructions on how this can be achieved can be found at:

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Q. The updates page has sprouted an RSS feed, what do I do with it?
Q. What is RSS?

A. Really Simple Syndication (RSS) is method of publishing frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or updates. An RSS document (known as a feed or channel) can be read using an RSS reader, or aggregator. The user subscribes to a feed by clicking on an RSS icon on a web page, which starts the subscription process. Once the user is subscribed to the feed, the RSS reader regularly checks the feeds for updates, downloading those it finds and alerting the user to the new content.

This means that instead of having to check numerous web pages by hand for updates, the RSS reader can perform this function for the user and inform them when changes occur.

A large number of RSS readers are available; some programs also include RSS reader functionality (e.g. Internet Explorer, Outlook), or this can be added easily (e.g. Wizz RSS News Reader for Firefox). Alternatively many stand-alone readers are available.

 

Q. A 'follow The Mosquito Page on Twitter' icon has appeard on the updates page, what do I do with it?
Q. What is Twitter?

A. Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.

All users can send and receive tweets via the Twitter website, Short Message Service (SMS), or external applications (notably including those developed for smartphones).

Following The Mosquito Page on Twitter means that you can be quickly updated on changes made to The Mosquito Page. Note that you will need to create an account on Twitter before you can follow The Mosquito Page.

Q. Two new icons, 'Share' and 'retweet', have appeared under the navigation menu at the left of each page, what do I do with them?
Q. What is Facebook? What does retweet mean?

A. Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Anyone over the age of 13 with a valid e-mail address can become a Facebook user. Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves or their interests.

For information on Twitter, see the entry immediately above.

The 'Share' icon allows you to automatically share a link to the page you are viewing with others on Facebook; clicking the 'Share' icon opens another small window to Facebook with information on the current page already inserted, allowing you to easily share information on the page with others. Note that this functionality requires that you already have a Facebook account, or that you sign up the first time you click the 'Share' icon.

The 'retweet' icon allows you to tweet about the current page you are viewing; clicking the 'retweet' icon opens another small window to Twitter with information on the current page already inserted, allowing you to easily tweet about the current page. Note that this functionality requires that you have a Twitter account and you will be asked to allow the application to connect to Twitter the first time you use it.

Q. Do you know where I can get scale plans for a [specific mark of] Mosquito?
Q. I am looking for scale drawings of the Mosquito, where can I find some?

A. You could try http://www.modelflying.co.uk - you have to dig a bit to get to the Mosquito scale plans that they sell - go to 'online shop', then 'scale drawings', then 'World War II', then 'British' and about half way down the page there are a set of 1/24 scale drawings. Unfortunately the site doesn't seem to allow me to link directly to the listing for the drawings. Note that I've not actually ordered a set of drawings from Modelflying, so I've no idea of the quality. If anyone does order a set, perhaps they could comment on the quality of them?

If you are looking for plans to build a radio control flying model from, Brian Taylor plans seem to be well regarded.

 

Q. I would like to sign up for the forum on the site, but have no idea where to start! Can you help?

A. A 'sticky' topic has been created on the forum to address this issue. This topic can be viewed at http://www.mossie.org/forum/read.php?1,3487

 

Q. I have a question you have not answered here, what should I do?

A. Please e-mail me with your question, I will do my best to answer it. If the question is asked a number of times it will be added to this FAQ.

 

 
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