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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 24990
Last updated: 28 December 2019
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Date:26-FEB-1938
Time:13:30 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Air Travel and Survey Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-UZX
C/n / msn: 6084
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:800 yards W of Waddington Station, Beddington, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 5183) on 29.6.34 as G-ACVD to Railway Air Services Ltd., Croydon Airport, Croydeon, Surrey. Sold on and re-registered to de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd., Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Sold back (and re-registered to Railway Air Services Ltd., Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey; C of R 7285 issued 19.8.36.

VH-UZX was a Railway Air Services Dragon which crashed at Croydon on 26.2.38 prior to its delivery to Australia. It was painted up as VH-UZX in the U.K - possibly on or soon after 8.9.37, as that was the date the registration G-ACVD was cancelled by the UK Civil Aviation Authority as "sold abroad (to Australia)". It had reportedly been sold to Air Travel and Survey Pty Ltd, Australia

Crashed 800 yards west of Waddington Station, onto a railway embankment, after engine failure on approach, when coming in to land at Croydon aerodrome, London at 1.30 pm local time. According to a contemporary London Times report:

“Three men were injured when an aeroplane crashed on a railway embankment at Croydon on Saturday. They are Captain Philip Bailey, of Grove Road, Coulsdon, Surrey; Mr. Thomas Valette, 38, of West Way, Shirley, Surrey; and Mr. John Furnival, 45, of Hall Way, Purley, Surrey. The three men are in hospital, and last night their condition was stated to be satisfactory. Mr. Valette and Mr. Furnival are to undergo operations to-day. The aeroplane was the property of Air Travel and Survey Proprietary, Limited of Australia. It was intended for use in survey work, and was fitted with an auto-pilot.”

Aircraft was a total wreck. Of the three crew one - Thomas Adams Vallette (aged 38) died 20.10.38, almost eight months later, of injuries sustained. The other two - Captain Philip Bailey (pilot) and Captain John Furnival survived but were injured. Replaced by Dragon VH-AAO which departed Croydon on delivery flight to Australia 11.9.38 flown by MacArthur Onslow.

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACVD.pdf
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UZX.html
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VH-U1.html
4. http://www.goodall.com.au/australian-aviation/dh84-pt1/dh84-dragon-pt1.htm
5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-141890523/view
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac.
7. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1938/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-in-croydon/]
8. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1939.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
29-Dec-2011 15:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Apr-2013 13:45 ryan Updated [Source]
09-May-2014 02:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Jul-2015 19:02 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location]
02-Oct-2017 21:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
30-Dec-2017 00:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
30-Dec-2017 00:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
30-Dec-2017 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]

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