Group Capt Percy Charles Pickard at 24 was already a distinguished pilot with a string of "secret missions" behind him. On 18th February 1944, he was chosen to lead the attack of a combined Australian, New Zealand and British raid on the prison at Amiens where the Gestapo were holding over 200 French Resistance fighters. The mission was to firstly breach the outer wall with a second wave breaching the Northern wall of the prison building to allow the prisoners to escape.
As the prisoners sprinteded from the breached walls, Group Capt "Pick" Pickard radioed the code for success "Hello Daddy, Red-Red-Red" to divert the third wave of Mosquitos tasked with the grim alternative of destroying the prison and all within if no prisoners escaped.
Tragically, as Pickard made one last sweep to ensure his planes were all safely returning, his plane was attacked by FW190 fighters from 7./JG-26 severing the tail of his plane and killing both Pickard and his navigator, Flight Lieutenant John Alan "Bill" Broadley.
Figarti Miniatures proudly introduces its Jericho Mosquito (ETA-050) with markings of the 487 squadron RNZAF De Havilland Mosquito (DH.98) Fighter-Bomber MarkV1 representing Pickard and Broadley's aircraft. This FBMKV1 packed devastating armament with four .303 Browning machine guns in her nose and four British Hispano 20mm cannon packed in her forward fuselage belly alongwith a potent bomb load. Interestingly for the time the "Jericho" Mosquitos were VHF equipped hence no aerial mast on her back. Also the exhaust shrouds were removed in order to save weight and provide maximum speed. Both of these innovations have been incorporated in the model.
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