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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21225
Last updated: 30 May 2020
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Date:04-MAY-1954
Time:
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:RAF College
Registration: WK568
C/n / msn: C1/0587
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Punchbowl Lane, 2 miles NW of Boston, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire (EGYD)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 04/05/1954 Chipmunk T.10 WK 568 stalled while low flying, and dived into the ground 2 miles north-west of Boston, Lincolnshire, killing the pilot, who was flying solo training flight from Cranwell. Per a report in the "Boston Standard" "60 Years Ago" column (7 May 2014):

"...a 19-year-old RAF Cranwell Cadet died after the aircraft he was flying solo in crashed into a field off Punchbowl Lane in Boston. The cadet, from London, was piloting a single engined Chipmunk Trainer aircraft when it came down in a field of peas and caught fire"

Crew of Chipmunk WK568
Flight Cadet Anthony Victor Bennett (pilot, aged 19)

Struck Off Charge 01/06/1954 as CAT 5(scrap) at 54 MU RAF Hucknall, Nottinghamshire

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.158 ISBN 0-85130-290-4
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain 1983 p.68)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.56
4. Boston Standard 7/5/2014: http://www.bostonstandard.co.uk/news/local/archives
5. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=343
6. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1950s-incident-logs
7. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WK


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Jun-2008 13:21 JINX Added
07-May-2014 19:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2020 23:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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