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    Default German aircraft, British pilot, shot down over Swansea

    At a history meeting many years ago I heard of the capture of a german aircraft that was of interest to the Allies so it was flown from the South of England to West Wales secretly to learn of any updates in technology..
    As it passed over Swansea the Swansea AA Gunners seeing an enemy aircraft shot it down..

    Does anyone know if this story is true.

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    I've just had a quick skim of the Butler's War Prizes and none of the captured aircraft in there seem to have met the fate you describe.

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    Thank you Amrit...
    It was told at a meeting in the Swansea Valley so possibly just a local legend.

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    Wonder if this is a embelishment to the Pembery FW190.

    It landed safely, was captured with a flare pistol, then was flown on a transit from Pembery to Farnborough without incident.

    Local folklore may have seen it on transit under escort.

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    Very likely as I seem to remember that it was flying to Pembrey in the story told

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    I believe that there was a hangar with various captured German aircraft at RAF St Athan post war. Was this myth? If not where are they now?
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    Cosford and Hendon mostly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James Castle View Post
    I believe that there was a hangar with various captured German aircraft at RAF St Athan post war. Was this myth? If not where are they now?
    James
    I grew up in the 1950/60s at various RAF stations and most had a few German A/C I remember Kenley and Biggin in particular.

    My father was armaments officer at Pembrey when the Ta 152 landed. He was in a hangar near the tower and heard a lot of shouting, went out expecting to break up a fight to see the aircraft surrounded . The pilot climbed out ehen he showed up and saluted, shook his hand. At the same time one of the tower crew arrived with a verey pistol and pointed it at him. The pilot was taken to the officers mess and wined and dined until taken away next day. He said he was disenchanted with the regime and thought his best chance of getting fair treatment was to deliver the latest variant of the aircraft. I believe the cockpit still survives . Pete
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