Incident de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk 22 VH-BWE,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139742
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Date:Saturday 9 January 1960
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:Royal Aero Club of South Australia
Registration: VH-BWE
MSN: C1/0072
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Parafield, 18 Km N of Adelaide, SA -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Parafield, South Australia (YPPF)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The official accident report reads "Struck a pole on landing and overturned at Parafield, SA on 9 January 1960". This aircraft was ex RAF WB630 (delivered 22 May 1950) and had originally been civilianized as EI-AJD from 21 July 1956 to 21 October 1958. It was acquired by the Royal Aero Club of South Australia as a replacement for VH-BWD (the second) which had burned after a crash at Sanderston, South Australia in July 1958.

Upon arriving in January 1959 it was assigned VH-BWD (the third). The Department of Civil Aviation said, however, that an aircraft should not be given the same registration as a machine which had crashed, and it was consequently re-registered VH-BWE.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983, p.20)

Revision history:

08-Nov-2011 15:32 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Mar-2014 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2022 00:24 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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