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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140385
Last updated: 4 June 2019
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Date:17-MAY-1943
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:79 (S) Wg Royal Air Force (79 (S) Wg RAF)
Registration: X9457
C/n / msn: 6290
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Sywell, Hall Farm, Sywell, Northamptonshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Destination airport:RAF Sywell, Northamptonshire (ORM/EGBK)
Narrative:
First registered as G-ADFX [C of R 5764] 17.6.35 to British-American Air Services Ltd, Heston. C of A 4903 issued 22.7.35; delivered 25.7.35. Airline became insolvent, went into liquidation, and receiver appointed 6.1.37. Nominal change of ownership [C of R 7708] 23.2.37 to L.H.G Ltd, Heston [company named after Lillian H Gibbs, wife of MD]. Registered 27.6.39 to British-American Air Services Ltd, Heston. (This was a new airline, despite the name!).

According to once source, G-ADFX crashed at Roborough Airport, Plymouth, Devon on 21.11.39 (extent of damage sustained not reported). Registration cancelled 27.4.40 as "sold".

Impressed into RAF Service as X9457 28.4.40. To 6 AACU Ringway 1.5.40. To 24 Squadron, Hendon 28.5.40. To 1 ADF 11.4.41; returned to 24 Squadron 31.7.41. To De Havilland at Witney, Oxfordshire, for major inspection 17.9.41. To 79(S) Wing, Portadown 2.5.42. To 77(S) Wing, Woolton 7.11.42. Returned to 79(S) Wing, Portadown 4.1.43.

Force landed near Hall Farm, Sywell, Northamptonshire, 17.5.43 and substantially damaged. To De Havilland at Witney for inspection and possible repairs; not repaired, deemed to be "beyond economic repair" and struck off charge 5.6.43

Sources:

1. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ADFX.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A6.html
4. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Nov39.html
5. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=78
6. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89-dragon-rapide-raf-sywell
7. https://the24sec.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/czech-airforce-training-with-24-at-hendon-1940.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Dec-2011 02:14 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Dec-2011 02:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-May-2013 06:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Jan-2017 20:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Jan-2018 23:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
31-Oct-2018 14:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
20-Feb-2019 17:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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