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 Wapiti IIA K1270



Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash  16 Mar 42 Aircraft Name  Wapiti IIA Serial Number  K1270
Unit  4 CD Flt IAF Operating Airfield  Calcutta Country  India
Aircrew details Plt Offr M M Sakhare (1679)
Details uc collapsed on hvy ldg 16-3-42SOC 6 Apr 42
Source RIAFDB

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