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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20367
Last updated: 7 October 2020
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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:Oxford UAS Royal Air Force (Oxford UAS RAF)
Registration: WB559
C/n / msn: C1/0011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles SW of Abingdon, Oxfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire (EGDD)
Destination airport:RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire (EGUD)
De Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.Mk.10 WB559: Oxford University Air Squadron (OAUS) RAF. Written off 25.4.1950: Abandoned by the crew during a spin and crashed two miles South West of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Although the pupil pilot bailed out successfully, and parachuted to earth uninjured, the instructor's parachute did not open, and he was killed.

Crew of Chipmunk WB559:
Pilot Officer A F Whaley (Pupil Pilot Under Instruction) - bailed out by parachute, survived OK
Flight Lt Frank George Welch (Instructor Pilot) - bailed out, parachute failed, killed on active service 25/4/50

Note: The crash took place in 1950 and not 1960 (despite several sources giving the latter date)


1. Halley, James J (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.101. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)
3. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 51
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 233/18:
7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/30/S2492:

Revision history:

01-Jun-2008 03:47 JINX Added
07-Jun-2008 21:59 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2011 05:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2014 22:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2019 20:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2019 21:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2020 07:33 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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