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Date23/08/1945
CasualtiesMr H. Becker, Aero Flight RAE Farnborough FTO
Aircraftde Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI RF830
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightTesting automatic g restictor tabs
Incident locationWanborough Park, nr Guildford, Surrey
Incident detailsOn fifth dive at 360 m.p.h. as soon as g was applied aircraft began porpoising violently with increasing amplitude. Break-up then began; pilot was thrown clear, FTO's body found in wreckage


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