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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 203010
Last updated: 11 January 2020
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Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Leonard Gillespie Reid
Registration: G-ACJM
C/n / msn: 6049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hamble, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Destination airport:Hamble, Hampshire
First registered (C of R 4436) on 16.8.33 as G-ACJM to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd., Stag Lane, Edgware, Middlesex. C of A 4018 issued later in 1933. Purchased by Sir Charles Wakefield (of "Castrol Oil" fame) and presented to Jim & Amy Mollison, named "Seafarer II". (As a replacement for the first "Seafarer" G-ACCV, which had been wrecked in a crash landing at Bridgeport, CT on 23.7.33). The aircraft had been adapted for long range record breaking flights with extra fuel tanks.

Sold on and re-registered (C of R 5072) 15.5.34 to Leonard Gillespie Reid, Colindale, London NW9 (aircraft based at Hatfield, Hertfordshire).

On 9.8.34, the first flight from inland Canada (Wasaga Beach, Ontario) to the UK, a distance of 3,700 miles, landed at Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex after a flying time of 30 hours 55 minutes. The pilots, J.R.Ayling and Leslie Gillespie Reid, in DH.84 Dragon (G-ACJM) named "Trail of the Caribou", were attempting to beat the then long distance flying record (5,657 miles) by flying 6,300 miles from Wasaga Beach, Canada to Baghdad, Iraq. However, icing of the engine throttle controls increased fuel consumption and, together with bad weather, resulted in the flight being terminated early at Heston. A few hours after ending their 31-hour flight they flew from Heston to Hatfield. The Pathe newsreel interview about their record flight was filmed at Hatfield.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 12.8.34 when crashed on landing at Hamble, Hampshire. Registration G-ACJM cancelled by the Air Ministry 1.12.46 after 1946 post-war Census by the Air Ministry to assess the continued existence of all surviving pre-war aircraft.


5. Photo of crash:
7. Lewis, Peter, British Racing and Record-Breaking Aircraft, (1970), ISBN 0-370-00067-6

Revision history:

15-Dec-2017 23:14 Dr. John Smith Added

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