Whirlwind P6966 Crashes

263 Sqn's P6966 flown by Canadian PO Irving McDermott crashes at Lanton farm near Stenhousemuir after a burst tyre on takeoff jams the undercarriage leg. As advised by ground control McDermott bails out North of Stirling(?), sprains his ankle on landing, and is arrested by the Stenhousemuir home guard - only being released when Sqn Ldr Eels vouched for him.

The plane was excavated in October 1979. Both engines and all major components were recovered. This was the first production Whirlwind.