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Last updated: 21 August 2019
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Date:28-FEB-1933
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:Ernst Udet
Registration: D-1651
C/n / msn: 271
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Berlin-Templehof Airport, Berlin -   Germany
Phase: Take off
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:Berlin-Templehof Airport, Berlin, Germany (THF/EDDI)
Destination airport:Berlin-Templehof Airport, Berlin, Germany (THF/EDDI)
Narrative:
DH.60 [Genet] registered as G-EBOU [C of R 1285] 5.7.26 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. C of A 1029 issued 8.9.26. Flown by Hubert Broad in September 1926 at Lympne Light Aircraft Trials, fitted with 75 hp Armstrong Siddeley Genet I engine, and using identity "2". Forced to retire from competition after forced landing with magneto problems near Lewes 15.9.26; after Moth was wheeled into adjacent field for take-off, one of the compulsory 12lb lead weights installed was not put back, thus disqualifying the aircraft. Also took part in the Grosvenor Challenge Cup on 18.9.26

Registered [C of R 1537] on 8.12.27 to Flt Lt Frank W Soden, RAF Wittering. The first landing by an aircraft on Guernsey was on 26.4.28 when G-EBOU piloted by Flight Lt F W Soden, plus a lady passenger landed at Fort George, Guernsey. Took part in the Kings Cup Air Race at Brooklands 20.7.28. Advertised as being "for sale" by Flt Lt Frank W Soden 30.11.28. Apparently no takers, so advertised as For Sale again in Feb 29. Registered [C of R 1986] 15.5.29 to Malcolm Campbell (London) 1927 Ltd, Stag Lane.

Reconditioned in June 1929 by De Havillands at Stag Lane [test flown by Flt Lt John G D Armour in late May 1929]. Registration cancelled 7.6.29 as sold abroad and flown to Germany by Ernst Udet 11.6.29.

Registered in Germany as D-1651 by 14.6.29 to Ernst Udet, and used by him in an aerobatic competition at Essen in late June 1929. Later flown by Udet in various films, including “Strange Birds over Africa”, which was shot in Tanganyika (Tanzania) between November 1930 and March 1931. Badly damaged in freak storm in Tanganyika (Tanzania) during filming and repaired by two German carpenters. Force landed in Sudan on return flight to Germany 31.3.31 and Udet “rescued” by Tom Campbell Black, who was delivering a DH Puss Moth to Kenya. To Greenland expedition May 1932 to September 1932 for film “SOS Eisberg”. Probably also used by Udet in film “Weisse Holle am Piz Pallu” ("While Hell of Piz Pallau") in 1929.

Registration D-1651 cancelled as Destroyed 28.2.33; believed crashed on take off from Berlin-Templehof Airport, Berlin, Germany. The pilot, sole occupant, was injured

Sources:

1. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EBOU.pdf
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_D-6.html
3. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/82-register-gb-g-eb
4. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/437611-kings-cup-air-race-1927-a.html
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20150711052939/http://www.baaa-acro.com:80/1933/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-60-moth-in-berlin/
6. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh60.pdf
7. http://impdb.org/index.php?title=SOS_Eisberg#De_Havilland_DH60_Genet_Moth


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2014 18:23 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Jan-2014 18:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2014 18:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Aug-2017 17:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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