Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WK566, Saturday 21 January 1956
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Date:Saturday 21 January 1956
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:661 Sqn RAF
Registration: WK566
MSN: C1/0585
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Finningley, South Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Topcliffe, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WK566: delivered 17/3/52. RAF Service career was with the RAF College Cranwell, Lincolnshire, and 661 Squadron, RAF Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 21/1/56: Suffered a power loss due to carboned up spark plugs caused by incorrect fuel settings. During an emergency landing at Finningley, South Yorkshire, the speed was too low and the aircraft side-slipped into the ground and broke off the undercarriage.

Both crew uninjured. Not repaired. Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(c) 25/1/56 as 71 MU RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire, and broken up for spares and produce at Bicester


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 67)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.174

Revision history:

18-Jun-2008 13:15 JINX Added
18-Aug-2010 02:49 penguin832 Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Nov-2011 05:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source]
16-Feb-2012 01:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
08-Nov-2017 10:47 harro Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
09-Nov-2017 15:10 harro Updated [Destination airport]
09-Jun-2020 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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