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Date:06-FEB-1940
Time:overnight
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.60M Moth
Owner/operator:Romford Flying Club
Registration: G-AARB
C/n / msn: 1412
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Maylands Aerodrome, Harold Hill, Romford, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Standing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Maylands Aerodrome, Romford, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
DH.60M [Gipsy I] registered as G-AARB [C of R 2257] 23.9.29 to Squadron Leader Frank O. Soden, Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey (but based at Amman, Jordan). C of A 2229 issued 23.9.29. C of A lapsed 22.9.30 (possibly after major crash in the middle east). Registration G-AARB renewed 30.7.31. Re-registered [C of R 3509] 12.31 to Phillips & Powis Aircraft [Reading] Ltd, Woodley, Reading, Berkshire

UK Registration G-AARB cancelled as sold 7.33. Registered in 11.33 and C of A renewed 21.11.33 to unknown party (possibly Jean Batten?). Sold early in 1934 to Miss Jean Batten for 275 (reportedly the fifth owner of G-AARB since new). Flown solo by her to Australia; departing 8.5.34; arriving Darwin 23.5.34 (14 days 23 hours 25 minutes - beating Amy Johnson's record by over four days). Return solo flight departed Sydney 8.4.35; Darwin 12.4.35, arriving Croydon 29.4.35 [17 days 15 hours 15 minutes].

Re-registered [C of R 6433] 24.10.35 to Michael Sassoon, Gravesend Aerodrome, Kent [and later at West Malling, Kent]. Bought from W.S. Shackleton Ltd for 395 on 30.4.39 and registered 19.5.39 to Mrs Gabrielle Ruth Millicent Patterson, Raymond Gordon & Miss Barbara Kathleen Lyall, Maylands Aerodrome, Romford, Essex (actually operated by Patterson & Lyall but with hire purchase contract guaranteed by Raymond Gordon, the Managing Director of Romford Flying Club).

Believed withdrawn from use on or about 4.9.39 when private civilian flying was prohibited due to the out break of war. Written off (Destroyed by fire) whilst parked in the Romford Flying Club hangar at Maylands Aerodrome, Romford, Essex 6.2.40.

Registration G-AARB formally cancelled by the Air Ministry after post war census of surviving pre-war civil aircraft 1.12.46. The Air Ministry documentation also states "N/R 16/9/46" - which implies the the Air Ministry wrote to the last registered owner on 16.9.46, and received no reply, hence the cancellation that followed in due course on 1.12.46

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh60.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/75-register-gb-g-aa
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AARB.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A1.html
5. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Feb40.html
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Batten#Breaking_records

Media:

Jean Batten standing next to her Gipsy Moth biplane G-AARB in April 1935 Portrait of New Zealand aviator Jean Batten standing next to her Gipsy Moth biplane G-AARB - Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Mail (16102210758)

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Nov-2017 23:56 Dr. John Smith Added
10-May-2019 20:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location]

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