20th February 1943

De Havilland Mosquito FB IV (DZ466)
Les Rosaires beach, Plérin (22)

Crew :

- Flying Officer (pilot) PAYNE W.J. 540 SQN Royal Air Force (P.O.W. - n° 255 - L3)

- Sergeant. (navigator) KENT A.J. 540 SQN Royal Air Force (P.O.W. n° 27646 - 344)

De Havilland Mosquito DZ466 was built at Hatfield under contract 555/C.23(a). Converted to PR.IV standard during December 1942 and January 1943, DZ466 was assigned to 540 Squadron. On February 20, 1943, F/O Payne and Sgt Kent took off from Benson base dans le DZ466 to make a photographic reconnaissance of Vienna and Linz area, according to a first source, of Paris according to another source. The Mosquito did not come back and landed on beach "Les Rosaires". The two crew members were captured.

Mosquito DZ466 after landing. The propellers were damaged as it can be seen clearly in these photos.
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Another photo of the Mosquito DZ466 after landing, surrounded by Germans.
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Other views of the Mosquito DZ466 after landing
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The code DZ466 is perfectly visible in this photo.
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The engines have been dismantled. Balloons were inflated under the wings of the aircraft.

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A group of soldiers in front of the Mosquito. A device on the ground looks like an inflation bellows (for balloons?).
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Three German soldiers in front of the Mosquito.
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A hoist probably used to dismantle the Mosquito.
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Two German soldiers in front of the Mosquito, brought up to the road by a crane truck.
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The aircraft was sent to 2./Versuchsverband Ob.d.L. (Oberbefehlshaber der Luftwaffe), a squadron nicknamed the "Zirkus Rosarius" (named after the founder of this unit, Theodor Rosarius), the special Luftwaffe unit responsible for testing captured enemy aircrfats. It was probably coded "T9 + XB". It was exhibited on September 19, 1943 at the Rechlin test center with other captured aircrafts. We see it in the photos below, without propellers, which were damaged during the landing on the "Plage des Rosaires". It seems that the plane never flew again.


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