Thunder & Lightnings

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Date26/08/1942
CasualtiesSqn Ldr W.J. Carr AFC, P; Cpl R.M. Leach, Fitter; Cpl E. Shenton, AG; Mr E.R. Staniland, Vickers FTO
AircraftVickers Warwick Mk I BV214
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightAircraft flying with Performance Test Squadron A&AEE on static vent trials and handling at all-up weight of 43,000lb. These involved shallow dives at 300 m.p.h.
Incident locationShrewton, Wiltshire
Incident detailsIn one of these dives, the fabric covering of the port mainplane detached and control was lost


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