Powered by Merlin 21/23 engines, DZ466 was built at Hatfield under contract 555/C.23(a). Converted to PR.IV standard during December 1942 and January 1943, DZ466 was subsequently assigned to 540 Squadron.
On 20 February 1943, F/O Payne and Sgt Kent took off from Benson in DZ466, to make a photographic reconnaissance of Vienna and Linz area, but failed to return.[N 1]
DZ466 landed at Rosaires Beach, Plérin, resulting in both crewmwmbers becoming POWs.
- The squadron ORB states that DZ466 was tracked by RDF whilst returning. The plot was then lost, and 20 mins later a faint SOS was received by base (Benson) D/F station.