De Havilland Chipmunk

The DHC1 Chipmunk was designed just after World War II with the intention for it to replace the Tiger Moth as a trainer and was first flown in 1946. Originally designed and built in Canada it went on to be built in both Britain and Portugal, with a total of 1298 being assembled in the three countries.

735 of these aircraft were used at the RAF’s primary pilot training bases, these were upgraded to the Gipsy Major 8 engine and designed as T 10’s. The Chipmunk was not fully withdrawn from service until 1996.

Chipmunk History​

Our Chipmunk is WP 796 and the history is as follows:

Built as part of the Air Ministry contract 6 ACFT/6449 for 145 Chipmunk T10 for delivery between May 1952 and April 19653.  Constructors number C1-0688.

01/07/1952 – 15 reserve Flying School, Redhill, Surrey/ Coded “15”

15/03/1954 – No/ 10 Maintenance Unit for storage on closure of RFS Units

20/06/1957 – Nottingham University Air Squadron for summer camp use

01/08/1957 – RAF Woodvale

18/10/1957 – 22 MU Siloth

09/06/1958 – 64 Group Communication flt/ RAF Rufforth

22/10/1958 – 22 MU

15/06/1959 – Hull UAS – summer camp use

31/08/1958 – Durham UAS – summer camp use

13/10/1959 – 22 MU

24/02/1960 –  Free issue to Nigeria

July 1960 – Overhauled by Hants and Sussex Aviation, Portsmouth.

Registered VR-NBK as DHC-1 Chipmunk 22a to The Federal Flying School, Lagos, Nigeria

07/08/1960 – Delivered to packers for crating and then on to the docks

Date Unknown – 5N-AAG Registered to the Federal Government of Nigeria

15/12/1968 – C of A issued as 5N-AAG

During RAF service other than with 15 RFS the aircraft was used as a general duties aircraft filling in with UAS Summer Camp duties and also as a relief aircraft returning to 22 MU for winter storage.

Four ex RAF Chipmunks were delivered to Nigeria as VR-NBH to NBK inc. and these became 5N-AAD to AAG upon independence.  The transfer to Nigeria is almost certainly for training of commercial aircrew in conjunction with BOAC who set up Nigeria Airways about that time.