9.1.1939

Venesta supplies plywood to build De Havilland Mosquitos in WW2.

In 1939, Venesta was one of the companies to provide plywood to build the famous De Havilland Mosquitos in the second world war.
The ubiquitous Mosquito reigned supreme among general purpose war planes used for a wide range of duties, such as a low-level and high-level attack, night bomber, long range photo-reconnaissance, mine layer, pathfinder, high speed military transport and long range fighter. 

At the start of the war, Andrew Oliver had been drafted into the Royal Air Force and posted to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough to help with research projects. It was only a short stayed and was to immediately return to High Wycombe to report directly to Lord Beaverbrook, the Minister of Aircraft production. 

Venesta had been badly damaged during bombing raids early in the war, resulting in a standstill of plywood production. It was decided that any equipment that could be salvaged would be relocated immediately to High Wycombe. Further specialist plywood presses were also to be relocated from Duxford and Bristol Areoplane Company. 

Andrew found suitable premises for production at Kingsmead Road, Loudwater, where some Venesta employees were relocated to the town to help establish production. Venesta were one of the companies supplying plywood to build the mosquitos. 

Andrew assisted in wooden aeroplane development, advising on the best utilisation of plywood design and manufacture. He was able to assist in the pre-manufacture of plywood panels that could be made ready to fit, generating savings in time and cost and also minimising material waste.

Read more of the history of De Havilland Mosquitos here.

*information has been sourced from www.Lucygreen.com