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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21218
Last updated: 12 November 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:5 RFS Royal Air Force (5 RFS RAF)
Registration: WK523
C/n / msn: C1/0561
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Desford, Leicestershire
Destination airport:
De Havilland DHC-10 Chipmunk T.10 WK523, 5 RFS, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 19/8/53: Whilst performing aerobatics, the controls jammed, forcing the Cadet pilot (Flight Cadet J K Jennings) to abandon his aircraft at 2,000 feet. The aircraft dived into the ground at Sutton Coldfield, striking some trees, and two bungalows, severely damaging them. Aircraft destroyed, pilot bailed out safely.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.149 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 405
3. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 67)
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/170:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/32/S2651:

Revision history:

18-Jun-2008 12:11 JINX Added
11-Nov-2011 10:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Nov-2018 19:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
03-Jan-2020 00:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2020 08:44 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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