Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T Mk 10 WG287, Wednesday 29 June 1955
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Date:Wednesday 29 June 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T Mk 10
Owner/operator:Bristol UAS RAF
Registration: WG287
MSN: C1/0363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WG287: Delivered 29/6/55. RAF Service career was with 2 RFS (Reserve Flying School), 12 RFS, Bristol UAS (University Air Squadron), 12 RFS a second time, before being returned to Bristol UAS

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 29/6/55: Engine failed to pick up when the throttle was opened after a practice engine failure on take-off, and the aircraft hit the ground at RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire. The two crew were unhurt.

Crew of Chipmunk WG287:
Flight Lieutenant W G Coburn RAF (QFI Instructor Pilot, Service Number 592033)
Cadet Pilot J P A Harmer RAF (Passenger)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.171 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 43)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.141

Revision history:

07-Jun-2008 22:17 JINX Added
13-Feb-2020 07:53 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
22-May-2020 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-May-2020 20:45 MIG29 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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