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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 202747
Last updated: 25 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60G Moth
Owner/operator:Surrey Flying Services Ltd
Registration: G-ABWY
C/n / msn: 1899
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Croydon Aiport, Croydon, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:
DH.60G [Gipsy I] registered as G-ABWY [C of R 3766] 26.5.32 to Surrey Flying Services Ltd, Croydon. C of A 3470 issued 27.5.32.

On 13.1.35 Miss J.Graham and Mr R.J.Ryde were the pilot and passenger of Surrey Flying Services' Gipsy Moth G-ABWY. However their take-off from Croydon Aerodrome that day was not one that either would care to remember! Instead of heading off into the wide blue yonder, the Moth finished entangled with the roof of a building, and the impact was sufficient to end its flying career, whereas Miss Graham and Mr Ryder were uninjured (no mention is made of the level of damage to their pride and/or reputation).

The Moth didn't fly again but one must assume that it was structurally sound as it was donated to an ATC squadron in Sutton. C of A lapsed 3.6.35 and not renewed. Some sources state "cancelled November 1940" but this probably relates to cancellation of the C of A - the registration was not cancelled until post-war

Registration G-ABWY formally cancelled 1.12.46 after Air Ministry census or all surviving pre-war aircraft. But still the Moth survived as it was noted stored in a garden in Cheam Road, Sutton (it is possible that the garden was that of the ATC squadron HQ) as late as February 1948. In either that or the subsequent year, the ATC gave up the airframe, which relocated to the home of Tony Coombes in Beddington. However evidently that was its swansong as it is recorded as having been scrapped there in 1950.



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Revision history:

09-Dec-2017 23:02 Dr. John Smith Added
25-Mar-2020 00:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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