Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date21/10/1943
CasualtiesFg Off N.G. Donald, Armstrong Whitworth TP; Mr T. Timms; two ATC cadets on air experience also lost their lives (J.F.S. Cheriton and L.W. White)
AircraftArmstrong Whitworth Albemarle Mk II V1741
Took off fromBrockworth, Gloucestershire
Purpose of flightProduction test flight
Incident locationPurton, Gloucestershire
Incident detailsAircraft was seen, at 3,000ft, to commence a turn to the left which developed into an increasingly steep dive. This was finally recovered but the aircraft struck the ground flat at high speed


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