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Date:11-JUN-1942
Time:10:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:1 EFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ769
MSN: 83077/DHNZ19
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Junction of Irk Street/Mersey Street, Gore, Southland -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:RNZAF Taieri, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand (NZTI)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Fuselage built at Hatfield and shipped to DH New Zealand unassembled & without engine. Remainder of aircraft constructed at Rongotai by DeHavilland New Zealand from local materials, hence "local" Construction number DHNZ19. (Original British construction number: 83077). BOC at Unit 18, Rongotai on 2 October 1940. With No.4 EFTS, Whenuapai early 1941. With No.1 EFTS, Taieri by 6.41 until 11.6.42.

Crashed into the main street of Gore during an Emergency Precautions Service exercise at 10:40 hrs on 11 June 1942 while being operated by No.1 EFTS. Both crew killed. The aircraft hit the ground at a road intersection after colliding with power lines in Irk Street and then hit a car and truck near Mersey Street. At the time the pilot was demonstrating the effect of an aircraft machine-gunning a civilian population. Written off books at Taieri in 6.42

Crew of Tiger Moth NZ769
P/O (NZ.412657) Geoffrey Thomas COLDHAM (Pilot) RNZAF - killed in service 11.6.42
AC.2 (NZ.414047) Douglas Lionel FORWARD (pass.) RNZAF - killed in service 11.6.42.

Sources:

1. http://www.adf-serials.com.au/nz-serials/nzdh82.htm
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/pNZ0.html
3. https://rnzaf.proboards.com/post/32787
4. https://air-britain.com/pdfs/production-lists/DH82.pdf
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2920333/GEOFFREY%20THOMAS%20COLDHAM/
6. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2920348/DOUGLAS%20LIONEL%20FORWARD/
7. https://steemkr.com/history/@len.george/de-havilland-dh-82a-tiger-moth-nz730-to-nz798-1939-to-1956

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jun-2009 02:42 angels one five Added
23-Sep-2009 23:56 angels one five Updated
10-Jan-2012 01:45 angels one five Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 12:16 angels one five Updated [Operator]
24-Feb-2012 13:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2013 01:49 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Narrative]
04-Feb-2019 15:52 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
14-Aug-2021 20:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
15-Aug-2021 00:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
15-Aug-2021 09:56 BlBe Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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