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Date:17-FEB-1936
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60G Moth
Owner/operator:South Coast Flying Club
Registration: G-AADA
C/n / msn: 1019
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Yapton Lane, Walberton, near Arundel, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, Shoreham, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
DH.60G [Gipsy I] registered G-AADA [C of R 1821] 28.11.28 to Captain John D Irving, Cramlington, Northumberland. C of A 1720 issued 21.12.28. Modified to single-seater for Kings Cup Air Race July 1930. Registered [C of R 3685] 3.32 to Walter B Caldwell, Cramlington.

Registered [C of R 4244] 6.3.33 to The Scottish Motor Traction Co Ltd, Renfrew. Registered [C of R 4508] 16.5.33 to The Hon Leopold O Russell, Bedford (aircraft based at Heston). Owned [April 1934] by Miss Rosalind Norman, Heston. Re-registered [C of R 5878] 17.5.35 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands; operated by [branch] South Coast Flying Club, Shoreham (by February 1936).

Written off when crashed and written off Walberton, near Arundel, West Sussex 17.2.36; pilot Edward Myers and passenger Miss Ruby Dickerson (both aged 25) killed. According to a contemporary report in a local newspaper (Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 19 February 1936):

"FATAL AIR CRASH IN FIELD AT WALBERTON.
DAUGHTER OF FORMER TOWN COUNCILLOR KILLED.
Her friends in Worthing were shocked to hear yesterday of the tragic death of Miss Ruby Dickerson, the 25-years-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dickerson, of the Adur Hotel, Kingsway, Hove, as the result of an aeroplane crash at Walberton, on Monday afternoon.

Miss Dickerson was a passenger in a plane piloted by Mr. Edward Myers, the eldest son of the licensee of the Clarence Inn, North-street, Portslade. Apparently the pilot lost his bearings in a mist, and the plane crashed in a field adjoining Yapton-lane and was completely wrecked.

Miss Dickerson was just alive when extricated from the wreckage but died within a few minutes and Mr. Myers died yesterday in the Royal West Sussex Hospital at Chichester.

AT THE HAM HOTEL.
Prior to removing to Hove some six years ago, Mr. Dickerson was the licensee of the Ham Hotel at East Worthing, and was one of the representatives of the Selden Ward on Worthing Town Council. The news of the tragedy was broken to him and his wife at Torquay, where they were spending a short holiday."

Registration G-AADA cancelled as PWFU ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use") 22.2.36.

Sources:

1. Worthing Gazette - Wednesday 19 February 1936
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AADA.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A.html
4. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/75-register-gb-g-aa
5. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
6. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh60.pdf
7. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=16615.0


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Nov-2017 22:53 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Mar-2020 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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