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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25285
Last updated: 1 November 2019
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Date:22-JAN-1937
Time:day
Type:Airspeed AS.6A Envoy
Owner/operator:Air Dispatch
Registration: G-ADBZ
C/n / msn: 35
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Titsey Hill, Titsey Park Plantations, near Oxted, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Le Bourget Airport, Paris (LFPB)
Narrative:
First Registered as G-ADBZ [C of R 5575] 1.2.35 to Airspeed [1934] Ltd. Registered [C of R 5773] 6.4.35 to North Eastern Airways Ltd., Hounslow, Middlesex; named "Swaledale" and based at Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex. C of A 4778 issued 13.4.35.

Badly damaged in forced landing in snowstorm near Ripon, North Yorkshire 17.5.35; pilot V.J. Wheeler injured and aircraft salvaged by Slingsby Aircraft, Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. After repairs, hired out, with effect from July 1935 to Air Dispatch Ltd, Croydon.

Sale via L.M.J Balfour November 1936 to "Compagnie Air Taxis, Vienna" [probably a cover name for Spanish Republicans] was blocked, as was subsequent similar attempted purchase by Eric M Hoffman. Latter sought export licence 16.11.36 via Airwork Ltd but North Eastern Airways apparently rejected purchase offer.

Crashed and destroyed 22.1.1937: Crew was performing a mail flight from London to Paris when the aircraft crashed for unknown reasons in Titsey Hill, Titsey Park Plantations, near Oxted, Surrey. Both occupants killed: Captain Gordon Shepherd Jones-Evans (pilot, aged 40) and John Walker (wireless operator, aged 29)

Registration G-ADBZ cancelled by the Air Ministry as "destroyed" 22.1.1937

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADBZ.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1937/archives/crash-of-an-airspeed-as-6-envoy-in-united-kingdom-2-killed/]
4. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/airspeed%20prewar.pdf
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A6.html
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
27-May-2009 00:22 harro Updated
14-Jun-2013 10:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2017 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
02-Jan-2018 21:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Jan-2018 21:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]

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