A rare DeHavilland Mosquito crew door, owned by Christopher Wilkinson of Santa Monica is now on its way to The Military Aircraft Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, following a long labor of love by Christopher, which included Victory Girl nose art.
Chris found the panel on Ebay, and then began finding American pilots who flew this British designed two engined bomber during WWII. Chris found several still living, and, at his own expense (he’s an architect in his spare time!) he traveled around the country getting signatures of these unsung heros. WWII Pilots Dick Hoover and Rolland Bushner, along with First Officer Robert Kirkpatrick, Navigator William Silva and Armorer Jack Sheer have all signed the panel. Chris then asked us to handpaint the original squadron insignia for these men’s groups, prior to the display of the panel at the Military Aircraft Museum. The panel will be displayed alongside a restored DeHavilland Mosquito, being delivered to the Museum by owner Jerry Yagen.
Christopher had a special ironclad case built for the crew door’s travels around the country, and no wonder, this is a one-of-a-kind keepsake of some valiant warriors of WWII.