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History Air Crashes of WWII

Allied - Fairey Swordfish II DK691

REF NR: 1933

During low visibility, a Fairey Swordfish being flown by Sqdn. Ldr. N. S Hutchings, decided to put down as best he could. The fog and mists were very low lying and the pilot decided to drop down to see if he could get a better bearing. However he fell victim of being too low and accidentally crash landed the aircraft just outside of Godshill on some marshy ground. All the crew, being Hutchings and R. H Teuton, got out unhurt.

It should be noted that there are some differing dates as to the actual event, however Gilliam report that the authority's records show the incident took place on the 17th March, although Leal's account has it happening on the 20th.

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