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Test Flying Memorial

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CasualtiesMr J.P.W. Topham, Lockheed Speke TP
AircraftNorth American Mustang Mk III FX919
Took off fromSpeke, Liverpool
Purpose of flightFirst test flight after reassembly
Incident locationSpeke, Liverpool
Incident detailsEngine failed immediately after take-off. Pilot forced-landed on Mersey mud flats but rutted mud broke up aircraft and pilot was thrown out and killed

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