Rather out of my usual WW2 queries. I received this question the other day, interesting, if it is true:-

‘7 January 1949. RAF pilots reportedly left Egyptian airspace by accident when they were on a reconnaissance flight – taking photographs of Israeli positions.
3 were shot down in the morning and 2 in the afternoon by Israeli forces’

To me the story appears quite strange, for example, RAF? all deviated by accident, morning and afternoon?, the numbers shot down?

Perhaps someone knows where this account originated? I was demobbed from the ME sometime earlier than the above date so never heard of it until now.