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Date14/02/1943
CasualtiesMr C.B. Critchley, de Havilland TP
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito Mk VI HJ664
Took off fromHatfield, Hertfordshire
Purpose of flightFirst production test flight
Incident locationColney Heath, Hertfordshire
Incident details½hr after take-off, aircraft was seen executing slow rolls at 3,000ft. Seconds later it entered a spin from which it did not recover


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