Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WK563, Thursday 12 March 1953
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Date:Thursday 12 March 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:RAF College Cranwell
Registration: WK563
MSN: C1/0581
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire (EGYD)
Destination airport:RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire (EGYE)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
DHC-1 Chipmunk T10, WK563/"DN", RAF College Cranwell: delivered 3/3/1952. Written off 12/3/1953 when crashed in a flying accident at RAF Barkston Heath, Lincolnshire.

During night flying in good weather conditions, the pilot positioned the aircraft badly behind three other aircraft, and then allowed the aircraft to descend, The aircraft undershot on approach to RAF Barkston Heath, and was written off due to damage sustained when the aircraft flew into a tree.

Despite being written off as "damaged beyond repair", the pilot appears to have survived with only minor injuries.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.142 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.347
5. Photo of accident:

Revision history:

18-Jun-2008 12:23 JINX Added
16-Apr-2021 00:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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