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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20388
Last updated: 30 September 2020
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Date:03-JUL-1951
Time:morning
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:2 RFS Royal Air Force (2 RFS RAF)
Registration: WB579
C/n / msn: C1/0031
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ogden Flat, Arnfield Moor, 5 miles N of Glossop, Derbyshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Barton (EGCB) Lancashire
Destination airport:Barton (EGCB) Lancashire
Narrative:
Aircraft History:
23/02/50 Aircraft awaiting collection, de Havillands, Hatfield, Herts, England
28/03/50 No.22 RFS, Cambridge, Cambs, England
28/06/51 No.2 RFS, RAF Barton, Gtr Manc, England
03/07/51 Written off: "Pilot Officer Harry Bate Wright RAFVR, had a lucky double escape when his de Havilland Chipmunk crashed on Ogden Flat, Arnfield Moor, 5 miles north of Glossop, Derbyshire.

Descending blind through low cloud and rain, Pilot Officer Wright thought he was close to base at Barton Aerodrome but was in fact some 15 miles east of there.

The pilot just saw the ground appear but he had no time to react and the fixed undercarriage of the aircraft struck the moor, flipping the Chipmunk over and onto its back.

When he came round, Pilot Officer Wright was hanging upside down in his harness and trapped in the cockpit of the trainer aircraft, which had been forced down into the soft peat.

Fearing there might be an explosion at any moment, he clawed his way out through the peat in a state of panic and managed to wriggle free of the wreck. There was no explosion, luckily for Pilot Officer Wright. In a state of shock, he stumbled down the hillside to Arnfield Farm where the airman, plastered head to toe in wet black peat, was able to get some help.

Crew: Pilot only.
Pilot: P/O Harry Bate Wright RAFVR OK."

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J. Halley, Air britain, 1983, p.19)
2. http://www.peakdistrictaircrashes.co.uk/crash_sites/peak-district/de-havilland-canada-chipmunk-wb579-arnfield-moor/
3. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=WB
4. http://www.dhcchipmunk.com/0031.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jun-2008 11:08 JINX Added
12-Nov-2011 09:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2013 13:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Aug-2014 15:43 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Embed code]
09-Aug-2014 15:44 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
09-Aug-2014 15:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
20-Dec-2015 04:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2019 07:22 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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