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Date of Crash: 20 Oct 44 Aircraft Type: Spitfire VIII Serial Number:  Unit: 81 Sqdn
Pilot details: Sqn Ldr Alan TOFIELD*(42324)Source: ORB
Details: Posted as CO of 81 sqn. Crashed and killed. He had taken off from Minneriya when his engine cut at about 200 feet. After making attempts to get int at the drome, he crashed ina field close by hitting a log and cartwheeling over.. [ORB] This evening the CO went up on an air test and hada motor failure just after take off. In attempting a forced landing, he crashed off the west end of the strip and was killed.

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