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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 80614
Last updated: 21 January 2021
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Date:27-JUL-1965
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CH7B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Champion 7GCBA
Owner/operator:Airspray (Colchester) Ltd
Registration: G-ASSN
C/n / msn: 14
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Boreham, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Agricultural
Departure airport:Boxted, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fatal crash at Boreham, Essex, 27/7/65, whilst crop spraying. Aircraft was flying at very low altitude, failed to pull up in time, and crashed into the side of a building: "We found several old Tiger Moths in various states of repair/damage? A chap who was in one of the old hangars invited us to sit in one of the Tigers cockpits. As a young lad it was a very special moment. Now if I ever get near to an aircraft of that certain age I can smell that moment and am back as a 14 year old. (Oh that I could bottle it or put it in an aerosol?)

The chap that allowed us this privilege was a gentleman by the name of Percy Hatfield. He owned the company (Airspray) but tragically lost his life crop spraying not long after, in a crash in a Champion Challenger (G-ASSN I think it was).

Years later I found out that Percy had been the wartime pilot of a Catalina and it was he apparently who had found and tracked the Bismarck in the North Atlantic allowing it to later be crippled by Swordfish."

Registration cancelled as aircraft "destroyed" 27/7/65

Sources:

http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ASSN.pdf
https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/169517-smell-old-aircraft.html
https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?91074-Airspray(Colchester)Ltd


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Nov-2010 02:35 VHKDK Added
11-Aug-2012 09:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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