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Date12/04/1945
CasualtiesFlt Lt J.R. Smith, A&AEE P; Mr M.G. Douglas, Ministry of Aircraft Production Technical Officer
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito PR Mk 32 NS586
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightPropeller acceptance tests four-bladed D.H. hydromatic props
Incident locationWeston Zoyland, Somerset
Incident detailsAircraft climbed to 35,000ft and carried out a series of dives at various speeds and altitudes. After 1hr 20min it was seen in a steep dive and, although a pull-out at 8,000ft was begun, aircraft went into a steep climb and its wings and tailplane detached


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