Thunder & Lightnings

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Date30/03/1943
CasualtiesSqn Ldr R.V. Whitehead DFC, RAE Photo TP
AircraftSupermarine Spitfire Mk PR Mk IV
Took off fromBenson, Oxfordshire
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationBenson, Oxfordshire
Incident detailsAircraft encountered severe downdraught in the course of low-level circuit of airfield and one wing hit a hut. Aircraft crashed and burned out. Two RAF personnel killed on ground


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