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CasualtiesFlt Lt E.W. Simmonds
AircraftMiles Magister L5912
Took off fromMartlesham Heath
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationSea off Suffolk
Incident detailsAfter failing to recover from a spin the pilot baled out over the sea. An RAF rescue launch set out to recover him but saw a ferry apparently altering course to pick him up and returned to base. Unfortunately the ferry had seen the launch and resumed its journey. The pilot drowned

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