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Date23/10/1953
CasualtiesFlt Lt P.J. Clarke, P; Sqn Ldr W.A. Allison, navigator, TFU Defford
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra B Mk 2 WF892
Took off fromTFU Defford, Worcestershire
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationSowton, Devon
Incident detailsAircraft encountered bird-strike, resulting in loss of starboard engine power. Forced landing was baulked by house so pilot opened up remaining engine but lost directional control and crashed


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