| ||I would just like to flesh-out the history of this aircraft a little. Whilst researching another DHC-1 I had occasion to look further in to the history of this aircraft because it is the subject of a 1/33 scale commercially available paper model (yes, PAPER!) available from a Polish company (http://www.wak.pl/dhc1-chipmunk-p-174.html?language=en).|
British-built in 1952 (as opposed to those built in Canada and Portugal), this Chipmunk was delivered to the RAF on 17 Nov 1952, as a T10 trainer serial WP905. It was Struck Off Charge on 27 April 1966 having been declared as 'Cat 5(c)' ["Beyond economical repair, or surplus, but is recoverable for breakdown to components, spares and scrap"] at RAF South Cerney, Gloucestershire. Subsequently, it became an RAF engineering ground instruction airframe, serial 7438M, at the School of Technical Training, RAF Kirkham, Lancashire.
It was first registered as a civilian-owned aircraft, G-ROYS, on 1 Aug 1978 and then re-registered as G-BNZC on 11 Nov 1987. The Shuttleworth Collection (based at Old Warden aerodrome,Bedfordshire) are the 6th civilian owner of this aircraft, having registered ownership on 27 Apr 2000. It is currently painted in the bright yellow training colours of the Royal Canadian Air Force. It is entirely possible that the RCAF may have had a Chipmunk with this serial, 671, in these colours, but I haven't yet traced any references for it.