Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date21/10/1942
CasualtiesPlt Off Paul Nelson Dobie (RAFVR P)
AircraftHawker Typhoon Mk IB R7861
Took off fromAcklington, Northumberland
Purpose of flightThe aircraft was engaged on tests of a gunsight involving gun firing into Druridge Bay Ranges, along with Typhoon R7867
Incident locationProbably Druridge Bay, Northumberland
Incident detailsP/O Dobie never returned, and neither did the other aircraft. It was considered likely that the two aircraft may have collided over the bay.


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