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Date06/05/1942
CasualtiesAC2 Frank Edmond Bartlett
AircraftMiles Master Mk I T8852
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightFlight test of Miles inertia device requiring dives from 10,000ft with rear seat occupied
Incident locationBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Incident detailsOn sixth dive at 6,000ft whilst pulling out at 7g, the port wing failed, control was lost and, with extreme difficulty, the pilot baled out. The aircraft crashed close to the airfield, killing the passenger


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