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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155668
Last updated: 17 October 2019
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Date:01-APR-1955
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:Durham UAS, Royal Air Force (Durham UAS, RAF)
Registration: WP780
C/n / msn: C1-0670
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 miles N of Otterburn, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Otterburn, Northumberland
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off 01/04/1955: Chipmunk T10 WP780 crashed 6 miles north of Otterburn, Nortumberland.

The aircraft was one of a formation of three making low level runs over spectators at an observation post. During one pass, the aircraft made a turn to port at very low level and the wing tip struck some of the spectators. The aircraft then struck the ground and cartwheeled down a hill. The injured were the aircraft's two crew; Flight Lieutenant Richard Potts and Officer Cadet Michael Hanson; as well as Corporal George Imrie, Officer Cadet Heather Maxwell, Officer Cadet Yvonne Horsburgh, Sergeant Dorothy Boyland, Corporal Leonard Arrowsmith and Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas Couse.

Those killed were:

Sergeant Ewart Anthony Austin, 26.
Officer Cadet Margaret Nora Holwell, 19.
Officer Cadet Margaret Elizabeth Gardner, 20.
Officer Cadet Alan Terence Holmes, 21.
Officer Cadet Keith Forrester Steadman, 21.

NOTE: Some sources give an incorrect date of "31/01/1955" as the date of the crash. The date of 01/04/1955 is correct - the accident was reported in the newspapers on 02/04/1955 (see links below)

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20131103124258/http://milky01.co.uk/?page_id=6733
http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=343
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?100658-1955-aviation-incident-(Revived-thread-new-info)_
http://www.nelsam.org.uk/NEAR/Losses/Losses-PostWWII.htm
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1917&dat=19550402&id=4QIuAAAAIBAJ&sjid=gYAFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4650,234886&hl=en
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?6333-Flt-Lt-Richard-Vere-Potts-(128004)/page2


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Apr-2013 01:54 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Apr-2013 02:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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