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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21230
Last updated: 3 August 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:Leeds UAS Royal Air Force (Leeds UAS RAF)
Registration: WK582
C/n / msn: C1/0604
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1/2 mile west of Harewood House, near Leeds, West Yorkshire. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Yeadon, West Yorkshire (EGNM/LBA)
Destination airport:
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WK582: Delivered 28/3/1952. Operational Service career was with 25 RFS (Reserve Flying School) 16 RFS (coded "51"), and Leeds UAS (University Air Squadron)

Written off (destroyed) 12/4/1957: The aircraft took off from RAF Yeadon, West Yorkshire, to carry out aerobatic training (spins, stalls, and steep turns). Forty five minutes after take off Chipmunk WK582 was seen over the Harewood Estate, carrying out aerobatics. In one of these aerobatic manoeuvres the aircraft went into a spin, from which it did not recover. The Chipmunk dived into the ground and was destroyed, killing the pilot

Crew of Chipmunk WK582:
Cadet Pilot David Ernest Young RAF (pilot, aged 20)

Note that several published sources give the crash location in error as "Harwood". The crash location was half-a-mile from Harewood House, a country house in Harewood near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, at approximate coordinates 5353′48″N 131′42″W. "Harwood" is near Bolton, Lancashire, approximately 54 miles away!


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.189 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.242
5. WK582 in 1955 at Burnaston, Derby:

Revision history:

18-Jun-2008 13:39 JINX Added
09-Nov-2011 06:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2016 21:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Feb-2020 08:01 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Location, Nature, Operator]
02-Aug-2020 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Aug-2020 21:24 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
03-Aug-2020 17:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]
03-Aug-2020 17:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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