ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18798
Last updated: 23 November 2014
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Date:03-JUN-1941
Time:
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon II
Owner/operator:Great Western & Southern Airlines Ltd.
Registration: G-ACPY
C/n / msn: 6076
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Off Scilly Isles -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Scilly Isles (St Mary's)
Destination airport:Land's End (St Just)
Narrative:
3rd June 1941 – Dragon Rapide G-ACPY disappeared after leaving St. Mary’s for Land’s End. An immediate search was made (five passengers and the pilot were on board). Only one body was found (a passenger - washed up near Portreath). The service was suspended until 27th October. It was later established that a Heinkel 111H-4 attacked the aircraft with its nose mounted machine-gun.

Its port engine on fire, the DH84 crashed into the sea and sank - the Luftwaffe regarded G-ACPY as a "legitimate target" with its military appearance and government links.

Crew/Pass:
Capt William Donald Anderson DFC killed.
Pax: Mrs Sheelagh Marguerita Leggitt - Secretary to Sir Walter Monckton, Director-General of Ministry of Information. Who had been on holiay at Penzance, killed.
Mr John Leggitt - Husband, Secetary of Anglo-Egyptian Chamber of Commerce in London killed.
Pax: Jeannie Leggitt (aged 11) killed.
Pax: Romalita Leggitt (aged 9) killed.
Pax: Mrs. Georgina Edith Lucy Griffith killed.

Registration G-ACPY formally cancelled by UK Civil Aviation Authority 11.6.41 as "aircraft destroyed"

Sources:
http://www.landsendairport.co.uk/news_history.html
http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACPY.pdf
http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac5/ROW%20Europe/EI-ABI.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
30-May-2008 16:12 JINX Updated
06-Apr-2011 12:54 87.114.20.207 Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
30-Dec-2011 04:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2011 06:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Country, Departure airport, Destination airport]
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