Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date04/02/1943
CasualtiesFlt Lt S.F. Reiss, Performance Test Sqn A&AEE TP; Sgt J. Fielding, Flt Eng; Mr J.J. Unwin MBE, FTO
AircraftHandley Page Halifax Mk II W7917
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightRudder angle test
Incident locationSutton Scotney, Hampshire
Incident detailsAircraft dived from 12,000ft, pulled into stall turn then entered flat spin and crashed in that condition. Top half of one rudder was found to have broken away


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