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Time:16:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:4 EFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ680
MSN: 83532
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kaka Street, Ōtāhuhu, Auckland -   New Zealand
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Whenuapai Aerodrome, Auckland
Destination airport:Whenuapai Aerodrome, Auckland
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth MSN 83532 (Gipsy Major #83693) Taken on charge as T5781 and shipped direct to New Zealand on the s.s 'Rangitiki' 16.8.40. Taken on charge by RNZAF as NZ680 at Rongotai 11.11.40. To 4 EFTS Whenuapai by 1.1.41

Written off (destroyed) when crashed at Kaka Street, Ōtāhuhu at 16:10 hours local on 6.3.41 as a result of structural failure. The aircraft spun into the ground after losing a wing while carrying out aerobatics at 3,000 feet. Crashed in an open space between two houses at Kaka Street, near the Otahuhu railway workshops and was burned. The pilot, who was flying solo, was killed.

Crew of Tiger Moth NZ680:
LAC (NZ402529) Frank Robert TRAYNOR (pilot) RNZAF - killed in service 6-3-41, buried at St. John's Churchyard, Papatoetoe

LAC Frank Traynor was killed in the accident, caused by the faulty manufacture of a front flying wire. He was a son of Mr F J Traynor, of Birdwood Avenue, Papatoetoe. Born in India, Leading-Aircraftman Traynor was educated at Wangnnui Collegiate School and Cornwall Park primary school. He enlisted in the Air Force in July last year [1940], and was posted to Levin on December 1.

Ōtāhuhu is a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) to the southeast of the Central Business Distrcit, on a narrow isthmus between an arm of the Manukau Harbour to the west and the Tamaki River estuary to the east. The isthmus is the narrowest connection between the North Auckland Peninsula and the rest of the North Island, being only some 1,200 metres (3,900 ft) wide at its narrowest point, between the Otahuhu Creek and the Mangere Inlet. As the southernmost suburb of the former Auckland City, it is considered part of South Auckland.


1. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXXVIII, Issue 23908, 7 March 1941, Page 6


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11-Jun-2009 15:39 angels one five Added
21-Sep-2009 03:09 angels one five Updated
17-Jan-2012 11:33 Nepa Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative]
23-Jan-2012 01:07 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
02-Feb-2012 20:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Jul-2013 23:39 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
19-Sep-2013 01:55 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
24-Jul-2014 06:56 angels one five Updated [Time, Narrative]
09-Feb-2019 08:39 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Dec-2019 09:48 angels one five Updated [Phase, Narrative]
06-Aug-2021 15:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
08-Aug-2021 15:04 Anon. Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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