Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WG406, Monday 23 February 1953
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Date:Monday 23 February 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10
Owner/operator:1 BFTS RAF
Registration: WG406
MSN: C1/0480
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:1.5 miles SE of RAF Thame, Haddenham, Oxfordshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Thame, Haddenham, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
DHC-1 Chipmunk T10, WG406, 1 BFTS (Basic Flying Training School) RAF: delivered 25/9/1951. Written off 23/2/1953 when crashed in a flying accident one-and-a-half miles South-East of RAF Thame, Haddenham, Oxfordshire.

The pilot was carrying out a series of practice forced landings near Thame, Oxfordshire. The aircraft descended to a very low altitude, and the pilot allowed the aircraft to stall, at which point, it dived steeply into the ground. The pilot (flying solo) was killed

Crew of Chipmunk WG406:
Pilot Officer John Jeffrey CATLIN (pilot) RAF - killed in serivce 23/2/1953


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.141 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
3. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.343

Revision history:

08-Jun-2008 02:38 JINX Added
19-Nov-2018 18:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Narrative, Operator]
14-Apr-2021 20:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2021 15:43 Don Diego Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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