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Date:03-MAY-1939
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:The Bristol Aeroplane Company
Registration: G-ACBA
C/n / msn: 3152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Narrative:
The first batch of civil Tiger Moths (apart from a few "one offs") were a batch of seven aircraft, registered G-ACBA to G-ACBG, and in black and orange livery, which were used at the Filton Reserve School from 1933 onwards. The School was operated under contract to the Air Ministry by The Bristol Aeroplane Co, and included G-ACBA (c/no. 3152) which was registered to the Bristol Aeroplane Co (C of R 4043) on 20.12.32.

G-ACBA was written off (damaged beyond repair) when it stalled and crashed on landing at Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire on 3.5.39 after a mid air collision with Hawker Hart K4372 of 2 E&RFTS, RAF, also based at Filton. Pilot of the Hawker Hart (Flt Sgt Clifford Percival Wright aged 19) was killed, and Michael Anthony Sims injured in Tiger Moth G-ACBA. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (May 11, 1939 page 480 - see link #6)

"FLYING ACCIDENTS
THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
Sgt. Clifford Percival Wright lost his life and Michael Anthony Sims was seriously injured as the result of a collision in the air which occurred at Filton, Bristol, on May 3, between two aircraft of No. 2 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Bristol. Each pilot was flying solo."

However, the registration G-ACBA was only belatedly cancelled on 8.11.45 after a post-war (1945) census of all the surviving pre-war civilian-registered aircraft on the British Civil Register

Sources:

1. CAA: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACBA.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac
3. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1953/1953
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A4.htmll
5. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm
6. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1939/1939%20-%201415.html?search=flying%20accidents


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Apr-2012 15:06 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Nov-2016 01:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Dec-2017 01:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2018 23:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2018 23:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities]
28-Mar-2018 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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