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Date25/04/1944
CasualtiesFg Off J.H. Silvester, TFU Defford Nav
AircraftBristol Beaufighter Mk VI EL167
Took off fromDefford, Worcestershire
Purpose of flightExperimental flight
Incident locationWolverton, Salop
Incident detailsStarboard engine failed and caught fire. Aircraft hit trees after a misjudged forced landing as a result of inability to lower flaps. Pilot survived


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