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Date31/10/1944
CasualtiesPlt Off J.G. Swain, Flight Engineer; LAC W. Griffiths, Aircraft Fitter
AircraftArmstrong Whitworth Albemarle ST Mk V V1762
Took off fromSherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire
Purpose of flightAir test of new engines
Incident locationSherburn-in-Elmet, Yorkshire
Incident detailsVery shortly after take-off port engine began to vibrate seriously and was throttled back to quarter power. Pilot completed short circuit but lost control and entered stall turn to port before striking ground after dive from 500ft


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