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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20451
Last updated: 18 February 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:1 AEF Royal Air Force (1 AEF RAF)
Registration: WD304
C/n / msn: C1/0246
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thames Estuary,off Margate, 5 miles NW of Manston, Kent. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent (MSE/EGMH)
Destination airport:
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10, WD304, 1 AEF (Air Experience Flight), RAF: Crashed and destroyed 16/11/1963. The pilot carried out unauthorised aerobatics and mock attacks on two other aircraft. He lost control and the aircraft dived into the Thames Estuary, 5 miles north-west of Manston, Kent. The pilot and cadet both drowned in the cockpit. According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Birmingham Daily Post" - Saturday 30 November 1963)

"Crashed plane lifted
The Chipmunk training aircraft which crashed off Margate two weeks ago, killing an R.A.F. officer and an air cadet, was lifted from the sea yesterday with the two bodies inside."

While the two fatalities have yet to be identified, it is known that a Nicholas Prichard, age 16, died on this date (16 November 1963) and the death was recorded at Thanet, Kent, close to the crash location. It is therefore speculated that he was the "air cadet" that died in the incident.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p. 210 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 23)
3. Thanet Times - Tuesday 3 December 1963 and Tuesday 14 January 1964
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Revision history:

02-Jun-2008 04:28 JINX Added
11-Nov-2011 12:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Oct-2013 20:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2018 15:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
14-Feb-2020 17:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2020 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Feb-2020 00:15 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 23:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
18-Feb-2020 23:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]

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