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The 9th periodic inspection was completed on on the evening of Both engines and both propeller regulators had been replaced.
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During final checks, the crew chief was told that there had been a failure of one prop to writing airfield models, but the particular regulator was not specified.
Shortly, Phil Andrews and another pilot test hopped the aircraft and noted a couple of small discrepancies. Those were cleared and, around 2: At the hot spot however, they found oil pressures too high and taxied back for the adjustment.
In the climb to the assigned cruise altitude of 10, feet, the right engine rpm increased somewhat. Phil adjusted it, but less than a half minute later, it increased again, and all efforts to control it, including reducing the MP to 30 inches, and slamming the propeller control into feather position, failed.
Engine rpm surged and pegged the tach, then slowed to 3, At the surge, the aircraft snapped violently into a yaw to the right. Phil regained some control by cutting power on the left engine, but the descent rate was very high. He was able to reduce the right engine speed to 2, only by reducing the airspeed from to 85 knots.
Experimenting with higher airspeeds, but only to knots, caused the rpm to return to 3, Phil ordered the crew to bail out at something under 5, feet. Magnor, Dickinson, and Sullivan went back to the cargo compartment for their parachutes.
Cooper, Higgins, and Gilbert went through the cockpit escape chute, and Magnor went out the left back door.
When he jumped, he thought that Dickinson and Sullivan were right behind him. Phil slid his seat to the side, held the yoke hard over, and held full rudder as long as he felt prudent. At what he thought was the last minute, he looked around and saw no more crew members, so he released the controls and dove head first through the escape chute, pulling his D-ring as he went through.
At the first sight of parachutes, a couple of Japanese fishing boats headed for the scene. The first boat picked up Magnor first, about ten minutes after he hit the water.
During that time, the boat crew picked up Andrews, then Gilbert. Meanwhile, another boat had picked up Cooper. The fishermen searched for another half hour for others, but found no one.
About 45 minutes into the trip back to Ashiya, they saw an SA, and they waved but were not seen. About a half hour later, they saw a crash boat, and even hoisted a chute on the mast, but were again not seen.
The fishermen dropped the crew off at the crash boat dock, and the airman on duty called the hospital. An ambulance and a doctor arrived, and they were all transported to the hospital.
At the time of the crash, Phil was the 36th Operations Officer.
Later, he was squadron commander. He was a consummate pilot, and was universally liked and respected.Constituted d Night Fighter Squadron on 17 Aug Activated on 1 Oct Redesignated: th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron on 22 Jun ; 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, Night Photographic, on 3 Dec ; 45th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Night .
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