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Date09/05/1946
CasualtiesMr Llewellyn Moss, Gloster, CPTP Moreton Valence
AircraftGloster Meteor F4 EE518
Took off fromMoreton Valence, Gloucestershire
Purpose of flightTest flight after fuel pump change
Incident locationRAF Defford, Worcestershire
Incident detailsA few minutes after take-off, the aircraft was seen approaching Defford in a shallow dive at about 450 m.p.h. It entered a sharp climbing turn streaming wingtip vortices and at about 1,500ft the starboard wing detached and the Meteor disintegrated


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