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Test Flying Memorial

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Date22/05/1944
CasualtiesFlt Sgt E.L. Bunce, P; Mr J. Hall, RAE Farnborough Instrument & Armament Development Flight FTO
AircraftHandley Page Halifax Mk II BB319
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightAutopilot flight trials
Incident locationNewton Tony, Wiltshire
Incident detailsStarboard outer engine failed on take off and, shortly afterwards, starboard wing dropped and hit ground causing aircraft to cartwheel. First pilot and four flight test observers survived


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