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Old 14th August 2007, 04:40
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Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

Since the identification of the crash landed Hurricane on the beach,
Here's another one of my mysterious photos.
This is a picture of a shot down Mosquito,probably a Mark VI.
Can't see the serial, notice the armament next to the nose.
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Old 14th August 2007, 14:32
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Re: Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

Maybe a Strike machine from 235 or 248 Squadron that crashed on a test flight? This is my guess, but there is no sign of codes painted on its side, neither a serial number. Do you have any date for the crash, a year, a place to give us?
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Old 14th August 2007, 14:39
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Re: Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

Adriano,

I believe its a shot down Mosquito and the picture was taken by the Germans.Date is 1944, maybe 1945(?) though I doubt it.
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Old 16th August 2007, 02:15
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Re: Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

Folks,
Since no one has ventured any further info, I decided to examine the photograph in detail.
It is a shot down(crashed ?) Mosquito which has broken in two with the entire tail unit located behind the front half of the fuselage. It appears to be a Mosquito FBVI though it could be a NFII (not likely). The Mosquitoes armament has been removed and lies next to the front half. The cockpit appears intact so it's posible the crew got out unharmed. The engines have been removed. It is located on a pier in a port. If you invert the phtograph, you can see a cargo vesel, dockyard cranes and a concrete skyline. The plane is camouflaged in the usual Mosquito camouflage of dark green swatches over a Sea Grey base with a Sea Grey underside.There is still a tip tank on one of the wings. There is a posible letter "R" or "B" right at the fuselage break. No visible serial number, in fact the whole section of the fuselage where the serial number would go is missing.
From all this evidence my theory is its a Mosquito FB VI shot over an occupied port in 1944. I'll look through my various publications to see if I can come up with a candidate.
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Old 18th August 2007, 17:47
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Re: Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

Hi,

If I remember right this picture with answer appeared on this forum (its old version) some years ago.

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Old 18th August 2007, 18:18
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Re: Unidentified Aircraft photo #1-Mosquito

One little point: NF Mk.IIs couldn't carry underwing tanks.
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