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 between Grangemouth and Stirling, sprains his ankle on landing or is uninjured (depending on the account), and is arrested by the Stenhousemuir home guard - only being released when Sqn Ldr Eels vouched for him.

OPERATIONS RECORD BOOK of (Unit or Formation) 263 Squadron

Place Date Time Summary of Events References to Appendices
Grangemouth 7/8/40 P/O Mc Dermott, taking off in ? Whirlwind, burst the port tyre and damaged the undercarriage. After circling for some time the pilot bailed out between Grangemouth and Stirling. The aircraft was a total loss. The pilot was uninjured
Flight Lieut. A.T.Williams, F[?]/O E.F.?.??? and P/O L.H.J?????? have been awarded the D.F.C. Sargeant Pilot ?.?.???????? has been awarded the D.F.M.
Squadron Leader J.G.Munro posted to 263 Squadron from Air Ministry.
Normal training.

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