A TEAM of enthusiasts will rebuild and launch a de Havilland Mosquito after a hoard of secret World War Two technical drawings were unearthed in a wartime factory.

The discovery of more than 20,000 drawings and diagrams were found just days before the building was due to be demolished.

The archive is believed to be the world’s only complete set of engineering drawings of the plane, as well as details of numerous variants of the famous plane’s design that never made it past the drawing board.

The uncovered drawings, stored on microfilm cards, have been donated to the charity The People’s Mosquito, which is hoping to restore and fly a crashed version of the twin-engined plane dubbed ‘The Wooden Wonder’.

Chairman John Lilley said the drawings had been found earlier this year by an engineer just before the former de Havilland building in Broughton, near Chester, was to be demolished.


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