Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date24/03/1942
CasualtiesWg Cdr J.M. McGuire AFC and Bar, OC Performance Test Squadron A&AEE
AircraftConsolidated Liberator Mk II AL546
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightPerformance test flight involving partial climbs
Incident locationLytchett Minster, Dorset
Incident detailsElectrical faults were experienced, then the starboard outer engine overspeeded and caught fire. The crew, unable to operate the fire extinguishers, were ordered by the Wing Commander to bale out. All did so successfully just before the aircraft began to disintegrate. The Wing Commander was unable to bale out and died in the crash.


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