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Ordered under Contract No 402278/35 to spec 38/34,[3] Swordfish K8403 was operated from HMS Eagle, with the "Savoy's Cross" on the tail. Shot down in a raid against Maritza airfield, Rhodes, the aircraft force-landed, resulting in the crew all taken POW. The captured Swordfish was at Guidonia in December 1940, and was kept serviceable till the middle of 1941 using spare parts coming from captured Swordfish K8422 ("4H").

Sources[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/aircraft/faacapturedaircrafthomepage.html
  2. Aeroplane Magazine Company Profile - Fairey 1915-1960. Martyn Charlton (Editor). Kelsey Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978 1 907426 60 5 Page 125
  3. http://www.fleetairarmarchive.net/aircraft/Swordfish.htm
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