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Date:22-OCT-1956
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22
Owner/operator:Air Service Training Ltd
Registration: G-AMUE
C/n / msn: C1/0831
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 mi NE of Middle Wallop, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Hamble, Hampshire (EGHM)
Destination airport:Middle Wallop, Hampshire
Narrative:
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22: First civil registered (C of R R3780/1) on 2/9/52 as G-AMUE to Air Service Training Ltd., Hamble, Hampshire. G-AMUE was not a civilianised ex-RAF Chipmunk, but was always a civil aircraft from date of its construction (built between RAF Chipmunks WP830 (c/no. C1/0830) and WP831 (c/no. C1/0835))

Written off (destroyed) 22/10/56: During night circuits and landings at Middle Wallop, Hampshire, Chipmunk G-AMUE collided with Boulton Paul Balliol T2 WG184 of 228 OCU, RAF at an altitude of between 1,500 and 1,800 feet AGL

The Chipmunk was flying through the airfield traffic zone at the time of the collision and failed to see - or take avoiding action - when the Balliol crossed its path. Both pilots bailed out of each aircraft (only one person was on board the Chipmunk), but the second (trainee) pilot of the Balliol, was killed in the crash. The following is an extract from the Board of Inquiry records:

"On the night of 22nd October 1956 Warrant Officer Miroslaw Wojciechowski was flying as second pilot on Balliol Mk T2 Serial WG184 of 288 Sqn then based at RAF Middle Wallop. The first pilot was Squadron Leader Charles Warren MBE DFC. During dual night circuits and landings and shortly after calling downwind for landing on the second circuit, the aircraft collided with a Chipmunk (operated by Air Services Ltd) between 1,500 and 1,800 fet. The captain, Squadron Leader Warren, jettisoned the canopy and baled out, injuring himself on landing. Warrant Officer Wojciechowski was sadly killed when he struck the ground with his parachute only partially opened. It is not known whether he baled out or was thrown from the aircraft on impact with the ground.

The Chipmunk pilot, Flying Officer Htay Maung (Burmese Air Force) baled out and was injured on landing.

The Court of Inquiry concluded that the accident had been caused by the divergence of regulations governing civil and military flying, in that the Chipmunk was flying just within the airfield traffic zone. Contributory factors were considered to be the restricted visibility caused by the darkness and the large blind spots caused by the canopy structure of the Balliol.'

The Chipmunk's Registration G-AMUE was cancelled as "aircraft destroyed" on 28/11/1956.

Sources:

1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 219/128: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C414900
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AMUE.pdf
3. https://www.jetphotos.com/photo/7937843
4. http://www.delscope.demon.co.uk/personal/hamble.htm
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
6. http://www.bbm.org.uk/airmen/Wojciechowski.htm
7. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WP


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Nov-2011 10:32 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2011 13:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
05-Oct-2012 11:42 coggy Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Dec-2019 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
27-Mar-2020 20:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jun-2020 14:33 TB Updated [Location]

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