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Date:30-MAR-1940
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:10 Elementary Flying Training School Royal Air Force (10 EFTS RAF)
Registration: G-AESO
C/n / msn: 3587
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:two miles northeast of Avebury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Yatesbury, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Robert Hughes Innes Scott-Kerr, of Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Irish Republic, was, in March 1940, a trainee pilot at No.10 Elementary Training Flying School at RAF Yatesbury. On 30 March 1940, after a successful flight with his Instructor, Sgt Gibbs, in a Tiger Moth (G-AESO) the Pilot was ordered to take off and perform a series of approaches, steep turns, climbing turns and aerobatics. He was given a set of guidelines on how to behave whilst performing these tasks.

A Tractor driver working near Avesbury found the aircraft crashed on a hillside two miles northeast of Avebury and the pilot dead. The cause of the crash was not established. This was the first fatal accident with 10 EFTS since the formation of the School in January 1936. The Tiger Moth, that was probably a "mobilized" aircraft that never received a RAF serial; it had stalled and dived vertically into the ground according to one source. Robert is buried in the All Saints Churchyard, Yatesbury.

(Tiger Moth G-AESO first registered to the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Filton, Brisol, Gloucestershire 18.3.37; registration cancelled 30.3.40, presumably upon impressment into military service with 10 EFTS (Elementary Flying School), RAF. However, no military serial known to have been allocated)

Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?8100-Two-Tiger-Moth-losses-Feb-Mar-1940
2. http://scarletboy44.tumblr.com/page/38
3. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6576945
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p035.html
5. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AESO.pdf
6. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Jul-2017 10:17 Laurent Rizzotti Added
28-Oct-2017 19:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 19:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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