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CasualtiesAC G.P. Smurthwaite, Obs
AircraftVickers Wellington prototype K4049
Took off fromMartlesham Heath
Purpose of flightDiving trials
Incident locationWaldringfield, Suffolk
Incident detailsDuring trials the horn balance on one side of the elevator detached and the whole control surface followed causing the aircraft to bunt, throwing the pilot, who survived using his parachute, through the cockpit roof. The observer died in the crash

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