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Date:08-APR-1966
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Trustees of the RAF Laarbruch Flying Club
Registration: G-AHND
C/n / msn: 85142
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cudham Lane South, Cudham, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Biggin Hill Airport, Biggin Hill, Bromley, Kent (BQH/EGKB)
Destination airport:RAF Laarbruch, West Germany (EDUL)
Narrative:
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-AHND was ex-RAF Tiger Moth T6913. Struck off charge and first civil registered (C of R 10201/1; C of A 7795) as G-AHND on 23/5/46 to the Borders Flying Club Ltd., Carlisle. In its 20-year life as a civil aircraft, G-AHND passed through a lot of owners (13 in all!). The last registered owners (from 24/10/64) were the Trustees of the RAF Laarbruch Flying Club.

The Laarbruch Flying Club's Tiger Moth G-AHND was a long way from where one would have expected it to have been operating when it crashed near Biggin Hill on 8 April 1966. A contemporary newspaper report explains why ("Birmingham Daily Post" - Saturday 09 April 1966)

"OFFICERS ESCAPE WHEN PLANE HITS TREES

Two United States Air Force officers escaped with slight injuries when their Tiger Moth biplane went into a spin and crashed into trees at Cudham Lane South, Cudham, Kent, yesterday.

Capt. James Fischer, the pilot, and Major John Freeman-Cowen, had been on their way from Biggin Hill airfield to the RAF station at Laarbruch, Western Germany."

Registration G-AHND cancelled 24/10/66 as "P.W.F.U." (Permanently Withdrawn From Use")

Sources:

1. Birmingham Daily Post - Saturday 09 April 1966
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHND-1.pdf
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHND-2.pdf
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHND-3.pdf
5. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15903.0
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p851.html
7. G-AHND at Southampton (Eastleigh) (SOU/EGHI) in August 1958: https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1303408
8. G-AHND at Oxford (Kidlington) (OXF/EGTK) 25/4/59: https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1185520
9. G-AHND at White Waltham in 1958: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dwhitworth/5780465723/
10. Owners memories of G-AHND 1951-53: http://www.prop531.plus.com/pilot.html


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Dec-2015 18:56 TB Added
10-Mar-2020 23:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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