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CasualtiesFlt Lt Daniel Joseph Cotter (pilot), Flt Sgt Arthur Edward Bedwell (navigator), WO Edward Moore (meteorological air observer)
AircraftAirspeed Oxford Mk I PH480
Took off fromBrawdy, Pembrokeshire
Purpose of flightExperimental night radar meteorological research flight.
Incident locationCardigan Bay
Incident detailsAircraft was due to overfly a marker dropped into the sea taking readings at 100ft intervals up to 1,500ft using a radar altimeter to secure accuracy. At 0200hr while descending to 200ft the aircraft impacted the sea. No recovery of bodies or wreckage proved possible. Aircraft and crew were from the RAF Radar Meteorological Flight based at Defford, but detached to Brawdy for this particular sortie.

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