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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26713
Last updated: 29 September 2019
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Date:23-JUL-1933
Time:night
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Jim & Amy Mollison
Registration: G-ACCV
C/n / msn: 6014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bridgeport, Connecticut -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Pendine Sands, South Wales, UK
Destination airport:New York, NY
Narrative:
First registered (C of R 4089) on 7.3.33 as G-ACCV to Mrs. Amy Mollison CBE, Park Lane, London W.1 (aircraft based at Stag Lane Edgware Middlesex).

On 23.7.33 Jim and Amy Mollison attempted a non-stop flight from England to New York in the de Havilland DH-84 Dragon I, G-ACCV, named "Seafarer". Although they successfully crossed the Atlantic, they were blown off course, and force landed down-wind in the dark at Bridgeport, Connecticut after flying for 39 hours over a distance of 3,300 miles at an average speed of 85 mph.

The aircraft overshot, and ran out of fuel less than 50 miles from their destination and crashed during the attempted forced landing. They both suffered minor injuries, as evidenced by the bandages on Amyís elbow and Jimís face. The pair were seriously injured in the accident, separated, and shortly after divorced. Amy remained in the USA for a while with Jim returning to the UK. The Dragon was a write-off.

Apparently G-ACCV "Seafarer" was stripped of all useful kit by souvenir hunters when it turned over on landing in the USA but Lord Wakefield (of "Castrol Oil" fame) paid for a replacement aircraft (G-ACJM "Seafarer II")

Registration G-ACCV cancelled by the Air Ministry 2.12.33 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACCV.pdf
2. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/77-register-gb-g-ac
3. https://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10412894&screenwidth=1227_
4. http://www.content-delivery.co.uk/aviation/airfields/articles/pendine-n.html
5. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1933/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-84-dragon-in-bridgeport/]
6. https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/564586-amy-johnson-jim-mollison-dh-rapide.html
7. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1933/1933%20-%200183.html?search=seafarer


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
27-Dec-2011 07:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Sep-2017 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
13-Dec-2017 01:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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