Pilot, 41, killed after replica Spitfire crashes shortly after takeoff during test flight in Poland

Mail Online | 5/31/2019 | Jack Newman For Mailonline
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A model of a WWII Spitfire has crashed in a forest in Poland shortly after taking off, killing its 41-year-old pilot.

The plane came from a private museum dedicated to the 303 Squadron in Silesia and it crashed in the nearby village of Napoleon.

Cause - Crash - City - Plock

The cause of the crash is not yet known but it is believed it occurred not long after taking off and was heading to the city of Plock.

The 41-year-old professional pilot was the only person on board and an investigation into the accident has already begun, according to RMF24.

Squadron - Museum - Artefacts - Aviation - Emphasis

The 303 Squadron museum is dedicated to artefacts from modern Polish aviation with a particular emphasis on WWII.

There were 16 Polish squadrons in the RAF during the War and the 303 was the most successful fighting unit in the Battle of Britain in terms of enemy aircraft shot down.

Polish - RAF - English - Concern - Morale

The Polish were keen to fight but initially the RAF would not let them fly operationally because few of them spoke English and there was concern about their morale....
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