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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140511
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Date:19-OCT-1936
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89M Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Spanish Republican Air Force
Registration: 22-2
C/n / msn: 6311
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Almudévar, 10 km SW of Huesca, Aragon -   Spain
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Huesca, Aragon
Destination airport:
Narrative:
C/no. 6311: DH.89M registered G-ADYL [C of R 6541] 2.12.35 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield. C of A 5253 issued 10.12.35. Registration cancelled 7.2.36 as sold abroad. Delivered 9.1.36 to El Jefe de Aviacon Militar, Spain, for the use of the Colonial Squadron in the Spanish Sahara but in the event were based at Escuela de Vuelo y Combate [Air Combat Training School], Alcala de Henares, north of Madrid.

To Spanish Republican AF as 22-2 & to Barcelona 31.7.36 and to Sarinena 4.8.36 where it was used by Alas Rojas Squadron on Aragon front, based in Sarińena. Effective bombing and propaganda missions throughout the Aragon front piloted by Jaime Camarasa, painted all black and known as “El Avion Negus” ("The Black Aeroplane").

The twin engine aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a Nationalist Air Force Heinkel He.51 and crashed in Almudévar, some 10 km southwest of Huesca, province of Aragon. The pilot Luis Aguilera Cullell was killed.

NOTE: A DH.89A was registered as G-ADYL by the Air Ministry on 19.8.55. However, this was an administrative error, as this airframe had no connection to the "original" G-ADYL. This airframe was c/no 6895, which had never been previously registered in the UK, having been NR831 in the RAF then registered in the Netherlands as PH-RAD, Kenya as VP-KED, the Israeli Air Force as 1306, then in Israel as 4X-AEI. Moreover, it was built in June 1945, nine years after the loss of the "original" airframe that was G-ADYL/Spanish AF 22-2.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.elgrancapitan.org/foro/viewtopic.php?t=12132
3. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89m-dragon-rapide-almudevar-1-killed
5. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ADYL.pdf
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A8.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Dec-2011 18:55 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Jul-2012 11:57 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2012 11:59 TB Updated [Location, Source]
03-Dec-2012 10:04 TB Updated [Source]
03-Dec-2012 10:17 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Oct-2017 00:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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