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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:7 EFTS Royal Air Force (7 EFTS RAF)
Registration: G-ADPG
C/n / msn: 3397
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Desford, Leicestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Desford, Leicestershire
Destination airport:RAF Desford, Leicestershire
First registered (C of R 6225) on 24.9.35 as G-ADPG to Reid & Sigrist Ltd., New Malden, Surrey (aircraft based at Desford, Leicestershire). C of A 5127 issued October 1935.

In August 1935 the original 42-acre site of Desford Airfield, and an additional 56 acres for future expansion, was bought by the aviation instrumentation company Reid and Sigrist, who had contracted to create one of the thirteen new Civilian Flying Schools as part of the Royal Air Force's expansion scheme. Desford was the ninth CFS when it was officially opened on 13.12.35 by Viscount Swinton, the Secretary of State for Air. The school had seventeen de Havilland Tiger Moths (with Gipsy Major engines), all fitted with Reid and Sigrist blind flying instruments in both cockpits, for flying instruction.

In 1937 the RAF Volunteer Reserve was formed and Desford became home to No. 7 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School (E&RFTS). On the outbreak of the Second World War on 3.9.39, the school dropped the "Reserve" and became No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School. At its peak there were 120 Tiger Moths based at Desford, in four flights. In mid-1940 some of these were fitted with bomb racks, in case of a German invasion.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed and overturned on landing at Desford, Leicestershire 27.2.40. Registration G-ADPG cancelled as "crashed 2-1-41". This is at variance with the RAF records for G-ADPG/BB854 which record the aircraft as "Struck off Charge" on 27.2.40.

However, as the military serial BB854 was not taken up, it seems more likely that the aircraft was wrecked on 27.2.40 as per the above. (A dozen Tiger Moths operated by Reid & Sigrist were impressed into military service on 3.1.41 with serials in the BB851 to BB862 range).



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Revision history:

27-May-2012 12:53 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Jan-2018 15:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Oct-2018 20:16 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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