was used from 1943 up to 1945 by the 540th Squadron of RAF.
Amongst others by the film production unit of 138 Wing 2nd TAF in Benson, Oxfordshire
540th Squadron was formed on 19.Octobre 1942 in
was equipped with
Mosquitos and carried out photo reconnaissance missions over
In February 1944 it moved to Benson and was involved in the
It also carried out missions into
March 1945 the Squadron moved to
squadron reformed on
Motto of the 540th Squadron was: „Sine qua non“ (Indispensable)
DZ383 was used by several Squadrons and had no squadron markings.
A polish airman wa s given the job to paint a question mark “?” on the fuselage.
Accidentally he reversed (mirrored) the “?“ on the opposite side, what caused a lot of laughter and confusion.
So she was known as “Query”.
To the color scheme were temporary added the “Invasion Stripes” .
When the 138 Wing moved to
model of DZ383 , shows another color scheme in PRU-Blue without
any markings, which was used also (look at original picture), probably before
the other one,
but I was not able to find it out. Another detail, which I found out after I
finished the model: there were two
extra windows in the nose (look at original picture),…too late to add this to
was flown amongst others in September 1944 by Flight Lieutenant Vic.A.Hester and
Cameraman Ted Moore by the operation “Market Garden” (airborne drop to take
the most important Dutch Rhine bridges in Eindhoven Nimwegen, Arnheim )
and…..he told me himself (!!!) from Flying Officer Robert Kirkpatrick and
Cameraman Sgt. Ray Hearne during the Shell House raid (attack on the Gestapo
Headquarter in Copenhagen, Danmark) .
picked DZ383 up at Cambrai from 138 Wing and followed the 3rd wave during the
Shell House raid to film the attack.
They got hit in the starboard engine nacelle by what later was determined to be a 20mm armor piercing shell.
Because of this they lost the pneumatics and had no brakes or radiator flap controls.
Although they landed safely, Sgt. Ray Hearne was ferried back to Rosierre by Sgt. Bone in a MK VI,
Flying Officer Robert Kirkpatrick left 383 at the field near Norwich.
The original picture shows him and Sgt. Hearne after the mission in Rackheath,
Britische Luftwaffe, Daniel J. March Tosa Verlag ISBN 3-85492-474-7
...and lots of information from the Internet.
thanks for kindly support to Mr. Robert Kirkpatrick and Mr. Derek Carter
Rest in Peace, Bob !
Per adua at Astra
The last Cathaginian