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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20805
Last updated: 16 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.Mk 10
Owner/operator:Maintenance Command CS Royal Air Force (Maintenance Command CS RAF)
Registration: WG457
C/n / msn: C1/0507
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hurstbourne Tarrant, 4 miles NE of Andover, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Andover, Hampshire (EGWA/ADV)
Destination airport:
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10 WG457, Maintenance Command Communications Squadron, RAF. Written off (damaged beyond repair) 20 August 1956. After recovering from a loop during a tail chase, the pilot found that he was very close to the ground, with a railway viaduct on one side, HT cables on the other, and a hill in front. He pulled up sharply, stalled and crashed at Hurstbourne Tarrant, 4 miles North East of Andover, Hampshire

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Birmingham Daily Post" - Tuesday 21 August 1956):

"Pilot and Cadet Rescued
Aircraft Down in Watercress Beds
When a training plane from the R.A.F. station at Andover crashed into watercress beds near Hurstbourne viaduct, about four miles from Andover, yesterday, the pilot and an A.T.C. cadet were rescued by workmen.

Pilot Officer Nigel Everett, of Andover R.A.F. station, the pilot, was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester, and it is understood that he has head injuries and fractures of both ankles. The passenger, stated to be Henry Leadbetter, aged 15, from 1301 Squadron, A.T.C., whose home is believed to be in the North of England, received only slight facial injuries."

Wreckage recovered by (and to) 71 MU RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire, where the airframe was deemed beyond economic repair and Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(s) on 18 October 1956. Authorised to be reduced to scrap and produce, and scrapped at Bicester in October/November 1956.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.182 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 44)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.207
4. Birmingham Daily Post - Tuesday 21 August 1956

Revision history:

08-Jun-2008 02:43 JINX Added
09-Nov-2011 06:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2020 22:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2020 13:42 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
24-Jun-2020 21:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2020 13:41 Allach Updated [Operator, Operator]

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