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Date20/09/1941
CasualtiesSgt F.I. Russell, WOp/AG
AircraftWestland Lysander Mk III T1439
Took off fromChristchurch, Dorset
Purpose of flightTelecommunications Flying Unit sortie
Incident locationEnglish Channel, 12 miles south of Christchurch
Incident detailsRan out of fuel owing to failure to receive recall instructions. Pilot survived, WOp/AG drowned after ditching


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