Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WK632, Monday 30 March 1953
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Date:Monday 30 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:18 RFS RAF
Registration: WK632
MSN: C1/0646
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:off Norlands Lane, Egham, 1/2 mile E of Thorpe, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Fairoaks, Chobham, Woking, Surrey (EGTF)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, WK632, 18 RFS (Reserve Flying School), RAF: Delivered 2/5/1952. Written off 30/03/1953, when crashed half-a-mile east of Thorpe, Surrey.

The aircraft took off from RAF Fairoaks, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, with the pilot breifed for a sortie to include circuits, landings and local map reading. However, the aircraft was seen flying in the Chertsey area at a very low altitude. (Possible unauthorised low flying?). During this bout of low flying, Chipmunk WK632, flew into the branches of a 40-foot high tree off Norlands Lane, Egham, half a mile east of Thorpe, Surrey. The two crew on board survived, albeit with minor injuries.

The aircraft was wrecked (deemed "damaged beyond economic repair"), and was Struck Off Charge on 20/4/1953 as Cat 5(s), then authorised to be reduced to spares and as scrap.

The reported crash location was in a field, off Norlands Lane, Egham, half a mile east of Thorpe, a village in Surrey, England, between Egham, Virginia Water and Chertsey. It is centred 20 miles WSW of Charing Cross


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.143 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 356
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 23)

Revision history:

18-Jun-2008 19:18 JINX Added
25-Nov-2018 15:25 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
17-Apr-2021 23:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source]
21-Apr-2021 20:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Apr-2021 20:37 Leliczek Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
29-Aug-2021 00:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative, Category]

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