You are bidding on a SUPER RARE 100% original WW2 British Royal Airforce Aircraft Roundel and Camouflaged Fabric Skin! This was recovered from a downed De Havilland D.H. 98 Mosquito on the Western Front, however I do not have any further history.
The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito is a British twin-engined, shoulder-winged, multirole combat aircraft, introduced during the Second World War. Unusual in that its frame was constructed mostly of wood, it was nicknamed the “Wooden Wonder” or “Mossie”. Lord Beaverbrook, Minister of Aircraft Production, nicknamed it “Freeman’s Folly”, alluding to Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, who defended Geoffrey de Havilland and his design concept against orders to scrap the project. In 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world.
Made of lightweight fabric, this section is ian EXCEEEDINGLY RARE example! 95% of the ORIGINAL camouflage paint paint remains, along with a VERY PROMINENT British Roundel! Paint consists of Dark Green and Medium Sea Grey. Original WW2 aircraft fabric is EXTREMELY rare as it usually burned up or rotted away over time. Measuring a HUGE 41″ x 41″ in size (Roundel is approx. 36″ in diameter), there are some slight wear, tears, and marks, due to the age. AS there is a seam line, it is currently in two halves, as you can see in the photos. A couple of smaller pieces have broken off, but they are displayed in the correct positions in the listing images. Dating around 1944, this was removed after it was shot down over Germany. 100% identifiable as coming from a DH.98 Mosquito due to the seam line; size of roundel; camouflage coloring; and warning stencil. Though the stencil is not complete, it would have indicated, “SLING LESS WINGS”. Note that I have other fabric from this exact aircraft in my other listings. Exact location is shown (port side of aircraft) in the last image. A SUPERB piece of history, it would make a FANTASTIC addition to any collection or display!