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Test Flying Memorial

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Date22/06/1954
CasualtiesSqn Ldr D.J. Murphy DFC, ETPS TP
AircraftHawker Sea Fury T Mk 20 VX818
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightAir test after rectification work
Incident locationAldershot, Hampshire
Incident detailsEngine failed at 1,000ft after take-off. The aircraft broke up during forced landing on tank training ground. The pilot was thrown clear but sustained fatal injuries


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