Thunder & Lightnings

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Date24/08/1944
CasualtiesSqn Ldr J.E. Pettigrew, OC Gun Proofing Flt A&AEE TP
AircraftHawker Hurricane Mk IIC HW187
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightGunnery test flight with Hurricane KX176
Incident locationDownton, Wiltshire
Incident detailsFlying back to Boscombe from ranges HW187 suddenly turned to starboard and collided with other aircraft. HW187 spun into the ground; KX176 forced-landed safely nearby


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