Wsiewolod Jan Jakimiuk
1905 (1902?) — 1991 aviation engineer, aircraft designer
After war broke out, he was evacuated along with PZL’s technical personnel through Romania to France. He worked there as manager of a team of Polish engineers at the Societe Nationale des Constructions Aéronautiques – Sud Est (SNCA-SE) aircraft factory.
The British de Havilland company offered him the position of chief designer at its subsidiary in Canada (DHC). Jakimiuk led the conversion of the Avro Anson there; constructed a wooden wing for the NA-66 Harvard II training aircraft; and designed the mounting for the Menasco engine in the DH.82 Tiger Moth training plane. In 1942, he launched the production of the DH.98 Mosquito.
After the war, along with W. Stepniewski, he custom designed the DHC-1 Chipmunk training aircraft (1292 built) for the RAF, followed by the DHC-2 Beaver (1718 built) and drew up a preliminary design for the DHC-3 Otter. In 1948, he moved to the de Havilland factory in the UK, where he developed the DH.112 Sea Venom jet fighter. From 1951 he again worked with SNCA-SE, designed the SE-5000 Baroudeur fighter jet (not manufactured), and was a consultant on the construction of the SE-210 Caravelle jet airliner.
Because of the merger of French air manufacturers, Jakimiuk continued his career in the resulting Aerospatiale corporation, dealing with technical-economic and commercial affairs. He participated in the Concorde project. From 1966-1972 he was President of the French Aerospace Corporation (a subsidiary of Aerospatiale in the U.S.). After retiring, he remained a technical and economic consultant at Aerospatiale.