Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date07/06/1942
CasualtiesPlt Off D.J.D. Berrington, P; Fg Off A.M. Phillips, P; Flt Sgt G. Millar, Nav; AC2 B.C.F. Bicknell, WOp/AG; LAC B.D.G. Dear, Flt Eng; Sqn Ldr R.J. Samsom, Bomber Command; Plt Off C.E. Vincent, H₂S Development Flight; Mr A.D. Blumlein, EMI; Mr F. Blyton, EMI; Mr C.O. Brown, EMI; Mr G.S. Hensby, FTO
AircraftHandley Page Halifax Mk II V9977
Took off fromDefford, Worcestershire
Purpose of flightMagnetron H₂S development flight by aircraft of the Telecommunications Research Establishment
Incident locationWelsh Bicknor, Herefords
Incident detailsFire in flame trap of starboard outer engine spread, igniting fuel tanks and causing failure of outer wing structure. Aircraft crashed inverted from 5,000ft


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