Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date14/04/1942
CasualtiesWg Cdr P.S. Salter, OC Handling Flight; Sqn Ldr J.D. Harris DFC; Flt Lt N.G. Wilson; Fg Off E.F. Wakelin; Sgt K.J. Jones
AircraftAvro Lancaster Mk I R5539
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightPerformance test flight involving high-speed dives from 13,000ft, three at one-third throttle, three at full throttle
Incident locationCharlton, Malmesbury
Incident detailsAfter 1½hr the aircraft was seen to pull out of a dive and to roll inverted. After recovery to normal flight a large section of the port top wing skin detached. The aircraft dived into the ground


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