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Date18/01/1946
CasualtiesGp Cpt A.F. Hards DSO, OC Experimental Flying, P, RAE Farnborough
AircraftDornier 335A-12 AM223
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightAssessment of enemy aircraft
Incident locationCove, Hampshire
Incident detailsTwenty five minutes after take-off the aircraft was seen to rejoin the circuit and to begin an approach, wheels down with smoke coming from the belly of the machine in front of the rear engine. An explosion was heard and a fire in the rear fuselage was seen. The aircraft entered a shallow dive in a wide turn to port, finally impacting Cove village school. Six people were injured on the ground. The flying of German aircraft was strictly limited thereafter


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