ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65488
Last updated: 10 September 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

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
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
Departure airport:RNZAF New Plymouth, Taranaki (NZNP)
Destination airport:RNZAF New Plymouth (NZNP)
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


1. Evening Post, Vol. CXXVIII, Issue 57, 9 March 1942, Page 6


Related books:

Revision history:

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]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description