A wartime accident

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A Most Unusual Accident

While 455 Squadron was at Swinderby in 1942, they had a bad experience one day. Several aircraft were out in the dispersal area having maintenance done. Someone called out, there was a Hurricane coming in, smoking and badly shot-up. An electrician working on the wingtip nav light of a Hampden stood up in horror as the Hurricane came straight at him knocking him off and killing him. The Hurricane then pancaked on the apron and slid, its wing knocking the legs out from under another Hampden so it flopped helplessly on the ground. Then the Hurricane slid between two trees knocking off both of its wings before hitting a tree stump which smashed out the engine. When the dust cleared only the centre section of the Hurricane was intact, sitting upright with the pilot still strapped in and alive.

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