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Test Flying Memorial

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Date27/11/1945
CasualtiesFlt Lt J.C. Evans, Fairey Aviation PTP
AircraftFairey Firefly Mk I PP463
Took off fromHeston, Middlesex
Purpose of flightProduction test flight
Incident locationHythe End, Staines, Surrey
Incident detailsAircraft seen out of control 10min after take-off, rolling and diving from about 7,000ft before impacting the ground. It was determined that the cockpit hood had distorted and detached, stunning the pilot in the process (see also October 13, 1945)


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