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ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945.

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Messerschmitt Bf 110C-5, AX772, of No. 1426 (Enemy Aircraft Circus) Flight based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, in flight. Originally '5F-CM' of 4(F)/14, this aircraft was intercepted by RAF fighters while on a reconnaissance mission on the morning of 21 July 1940. After being forced down near Goodwood racecourse, Sussex, it was taken to the Royal Aircraft Establishment and repaired with parts from another Bf 110C-5 forced down earlier. After handling trials with the RAE, it was flown to the Air Fighting Development Unit at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, as AX772 on 13 October 1941. On 5 March 1942, AX772 was transferred to No. 1426 Flight with whom it flew on a number of flying demonstrations and tours until moving to the Enemy Aircraft Flight of the Central Flying School at Tangmere on 31 January 1945. It was finally stored at No. 47 Maintenance Unit, Sealand, in November 1945.

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