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Date:10-DEC-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:1 EFTS Royal Air Force (1 EFTS RAF)
Registration: BB738
C/n / msn: 3435
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. Albans, Hertfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 6477) on 26.11.35 as G-ADXJ to the De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd., Hatfield, Hertfordshire. C of A 5227 issued December 1935. One of a batch of ten DH.82A Tiger Moth aircraft - G-ACDA to G-ACDK - which were all registered to De Havilland on the same day; the exception was DH.83 Fox Moth G-ACDD.

Later (by June 1938) assigned to the De Havilland operated 11 E&RFTS (Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School). Upon the outbreak of war on 4.9.39. the reserve was mobilised, and the unit renamed 1 EFTS

Civil registration G-ADXJ cancelled 30.10.40 when impressed into military service as BB738, still with 1 EFTS. Written off (damaged beyond repair) when collided with Miles Magister L8070 of 24 EFTS over St Albans, Hertfordshire, 10.12.40; both crew of Tiger Moth BB736 killed, as were the crew of Magister L8070

Crew of Tiger Moth BB738:
Pilot Officer William Ernest Holland (instructor, Service Number 88413) - killed;
Leading Aircraftman Norman Henry Owen (Pilot Under Training, Service Number 1101265, aged 26) - killed

Crew of Magister L8070:
Sergeant Basil Paul Buchegger (instructor, Service Number 904138, aged 25) - killed
Leading Airman Graham Richard Tait (Royal Navy, Service Number FAA/FX 81968, aged 20) - killed

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft BA100-BZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain 1986 p 18)
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADXJ.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File 81/4512: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C16688610
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p034.html
7. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2933042/holland,-william-ernest/
8. https://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2957777/owen,-norman-henry/
9. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?1880&styleid=3


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Jan-2018 23:41 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Oct-2018 20:48 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
29-May-2019 22:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
29-May-2019 22:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
30-May-2019 16:19 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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