Accident Percival Provost T Mk 1 WV664, Tuesday 19 January 1960
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Date:Tuesday 19 January 1960
Type:Percival Provost T Mk 1
Owner/operator:2 FTS RAF
Registration: WV664
MSN: PAC/56/181
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:5 miles NNE of Pocklington, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Rufforth, York, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.Mk.1 WV664, 2 FTS, RAF: Written off when crashed and destroyed 19 January 1960, when failed to recover from a spin, and crashed five miles north north east of Pocklington, North Yorkshire, killing the pilot. He was on a training sortie when the aircraft dived from cloud into the ground near Pocklington, Yorkshire, he may have become disoriented

Pilot - Alan Lambert VARNEY. Midshipman, Royal Navy, on HMS Heron (RNAS Yeovilton). Born 27th January 1941 died 19th January 1960 aged 18, laid to rest in All Saints churchyard, Newton on Ouse, Yorkshire. YO30 2BL.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.201 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 102)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/426:
7. Pilots headstone:

Revision history:

21-Apr-2012 15:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Dec-2013 03:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2019 16:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
27-Jan-2020 19:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2020 19:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
27-Jan-2020 22:37 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Nature, Operator]

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