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Date:07-MAR-1942
Time:12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:2 EFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ844
MSN: DHNZ94
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tokirima, about 12 miles south west of Taumarunui -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RNZAF New Plymouth, Taranaki (NZNP)
Destination airport:RNZAF New Plymouth (NZNP)
Narrative:
Built by DH New Zealand at Rongotai. BOC at Unit 18, Rongotai, 30 September 1941. Entered service with 2 EFTS, RNZAF in Ocrtober 1941.

Written off (destroyed) when crashed at Tokirima, about 12 miles South West of Taumarunui, about noon on 7 March 1942 while being operated by No.2 EFTS. The aircraft was caught in bad weather and descended through a gap in the clouds to attempt a forced landing on a football field. The aircraft stalled while on final approach, crashed and burned out in a post-impact fire. The pilot (flying solo) was killed and the aircraft written off.

According to a contemporary local newspaper report (Evening Post, Vol. CXXVIII, Issue 57, 9 March 1942, Page 6):

"While engaged in solo flying practice, Leading Aircraftman Ronald Frederick Charles Jones, R.N.Z.A.F., an airman pilot under training, crashed near Ohura on Saturday and was killed. His next-of-kin is his mother, Mrs. E. F. Jones, 68 Lombard Street. Palmerston North. A court of inquiry will be held."

Crew of Tiger Moth NZ844:
LAC (NZ.415764) Ronald Frederick Charles JONES (Pilot u/t) RNZAF - killed in service 7 March 1942.

The reported crash location of Tokirima is a valley and rural community, located west of Taumarunui and 19 kilometres (12 mi) south of Ohura, in the Ruapehu District and Manawatū-Whanganui region of New Zealand's North Island

Sources:

1. Evening Post, Vol. CXXVIII, Issue 57, 9 March 1942, Page 6
2. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzdh82.htm
3. https://air-britain.com/pdfs/production-lists/DH82.pdf
4. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/pNZ0.html
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2920384/RONALD%20FREDERICK%20CHARLES%20JONES/
6. https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/ronald-frederick-charles-jones
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokirima
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Plymouth_Airport#History

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Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jun-2009 02:20 angels one five Added
23-Sep-2009 23:24 angels one five Updated
23-Sep-2009 23:29 angels one five Updated
11-Jan-2012 23:51 angels one five Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]
11-Jan-2012 23:52 angels one five Updated [Source]
23-Jan-2012 11:37 angels one five Updated [Operator]
24-Feb-2012 12:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2013 07:14 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
25-Dec-2018 20:55 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Aug-2021 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
13-Aug-2021 21:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Aug-2021 09:31 Anon. Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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