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CasualtiesSqn Cdr E.H. Dunning
Aircraft Sopwith Pup N6452
Took off fromIsle of Grain, Kent
Purpose of flightCarrier landing trials
Incident locationEnglish Channel, overboard from flight deck of HMS Furious
Incident detailsAfter achieving the first ever landing of an aircraft on an aircraft carrier on August 2, 1917, Dunning gave a repeat performance on August 7, 1917. After two touchdowns, a third was attempted and the aircraft's engine failed when opened up after a further success. The Pup went into the sea ahead of Furious's bows

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