Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date06/12/1945
CasualtiesLt R.K. Smith RN, P; Flt Lt R.M. Neill, bomb aimer, both MAEE Helensburgh
AircraftDouglas Boston Mk IIIA BZ332
Took off fromMAEE Helensburgh, Dunbartonshire
Purpose of flight250lb bomb fuze trials
Incident locationFirth of Clyde
Incident detailsA stick of bombs dropped from 30ft exploded, critically damaging the aircraft, which impacted the sea


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