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Date31/10/1949
CasualtiesSqn Ldr M.A. Graves DFC, Westland TP
AircraftWestland Wyvern Mk 2 VP113
Took off fromYeovil, Somerset
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationYeovil, Somerset
Incident detailsEngine failure following a high-speed low-level pass across airfield and climb to 2,500ft. Attempted crash landing on airfield after crossing boundary at 200 m.p.h., touched down three-quarters of way across airfield and overshot into housing estate, demolishing one house and killing three civilians


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