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de Havilland Chipmunk WB579
Edit June 30th 2012.
Please see comment by the pilot below.
Pilot Officer Harry Bate Wright RAFVR, had a lucky double escape when his de Havilland Chipmunk crashed on Arnfield Flats, near Tintwistle, on the morning of Tuesday 3 July 1951.
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.
Photo of the pilot, now on Flickr as Flyboy3014299
Please see his comment below for his memories of this crash.
Arnfield Farm. In the photo above it is just out of sight, upper left.
The wreck photographed the day after. Photo from the Glossop Chronicle
Below; A Chipmunk landing at RAF Coningsby.