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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192997
Last updated: 10 September 2021
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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 Mk II
Owner/operator:Horsham St Faith SF Royal Air Force (Horsham St Faith SF RAF)
Registration: N9251
MSN: 82352
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Horsham St.Faith, Norfolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk
Destination airport:RAF Horsham St. Faith, Norfolk
de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth MSN 82352 (Gipsy Major #82157): Taken on charge as N9251 at 27 MU RAF Shawbury, Shropshire 22.9.39. To 105 Squadron, Horsham St Faith, Norwich, Norfolk 14.6.41, although officially operated by the Horsham St Faith Station Flight

Flight Lieutenant Leslie Wood MBE, a 48-year-old pilot of 105 Squadron was killed on 20.1.42 while flying Tiger Moth N9251 of the Station Flight, RAF Horsham St Faith (the home base of 105 Squadron). The Tiger Moth flew into the ground near Horsham St.Faith, Norwich, Norfolk, after it side-slipped into the ground on a steep turn. Passenger took over at 500 feet.The subsequent RAF Court of Inquiry stated that "the Pilot was under the impression that passenger was capable of flying a/c". However, sources differ as to who was the pilot, and who was the passenger at the point of impact. Of the two crew, one was killed and one survived with serious injuries.

Crew of Tiger Moth N9251:
F/Lt (80659) Leslie WOOD MBE (pilot) RAFVR - killed on active service (died of injuries sustained) 20.1.42.
P/O (102560) Ronald Charles ONLEY (passenger/pilot) RAFVR - survived with serious injuries

Flt Lt Leslie Wood was awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his invention of a specialised type of landing light. P/O R C Onley recovered and returned to service. He was killed in action on 11.12.44, flying Mosquito XVI MM190 of 128 Squadron on a sortie over Germany. Took off at 18:12 on 11.12.44 from Wyton. Failed to return. Cause of loss and crash-site not established. Buried at Becklingen War Cemetery. He was 32 at the time


1. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/11657:


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Revision history:

22-Jan-2017 20:38 Laurent Rizzotti Added
25-Nov-2018 16:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
03-Nov-2019 09:14 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Aug-2021 17:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
11-Aug-2021 18:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
11-Aug-2021 18:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Category]
11-Aug-2021 21:37 BlBe Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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