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CasualtiesSqn Ldr W.D.B.S. Davie AFC, RAE Turbine Flight TP
AircraftGloster F.9/40 DG204/G
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightHigh-speed trials at 20,000ft
Incident locationFarnborough, Hampshire
Incident detailsDuring a run the port Metrovick engine exploded. In attempting to abandon the aircraft, the pilot lost his left arm and when he finally escaped he was killed hitting the tailplane. The wreckage of DG204/G fell on RAE buildings

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