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Date23/12/1942
CasualtiesFlt Lt G.L. Campbell DFC, Performance Test Squadron A&AEE TP
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire Mk IX BS139
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightTrials with 30gal overload tank at high altitude to determine performance
Incident locationMottisfont, Hampshire
Incident details44min after take-off, aircraft was heard descending to the south-west. It impacted at Cadbury Farm in dense fog


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