Welcome again to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Merseyside landmarks, buildings, streets and events from bygone days with how they look today.

Our main image this week shows a wartime De Havilland Mosquito taking off from Liverpool’s Speke Airport in June 1968.

It was on its way to RAF Bovington to feature in the classic World War II movie 633 Squadron starring David McCallum, Suzanne Neve and Charles Gray.

Built in 1945, this particular Mosquito – number TA634 – had been used for target towing from 1952 to 1963 when it was taken to Speke.

During 1968, the aircraft was fully restored and made its first flight on June 17th. It was one of three operational Mosquitos used in the 633 Squadron movie.

The first Mosquito flew in November 1940 and was built mainly of wood. This meant it could be prefabricated and assembled at various factories across the UK.

Aircraft De Havilland Mosquito
EasyJet planes at Liverpool John Lennon Airport
The twin-engined, multi-role combat aircraft made its first sortie in September 1941 and was used in a variety of roles throughout the war.

Originally conceived as a fast bomber, Mosquitos took part in the attack on Amiens prison in early 1944 and pinpoint raids on Gestapo headquarters, security and military intelligence installations.

After returning to Speke in July 1969, Mosquito TA634 was donated to the De Havilland Museum at Salisbury Hall, Hertfordshire – making its way there by road in 1970.

Our modern image from March 2020 shows passenger jets grounded at the renamed John Lennon airport as a result of the Covid pandemic.

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