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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 146757
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Date:28-DEC-1936
Time:night
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Spanish Nationalist Air Force
Registration: 40-2
C/n / msn: 6277
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near San Sebastian, Bay of Biscay, Basque Region -   Spain
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:San Sebastian, Bay of Biscay, Basque Region
Destination airport:San Sebastian, Bay of Biscay, Basque Region
Narrative:
C/no. 6277: Registered G-ADCL [C of R 5602] 16.4.35 to Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, Heston (also Redhill) (as a replacement for G-ACTT).(2 x Gipsy Six engines#6202/6203). C of A 4784 issued 4.5.35; delivered 8.5.35. Overturned on landing Redhill Aerodrome 26.6.35, killing Brendan [Jimmy] Hanstock, General Manager of Anglo-American.

Not badly damaged and rebuilt by de Havillands. Registered [C of R 6607] 19.12.35 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Registration cancelled 7.8.36 as sold abroad and C of A renewed 31.7.36. Bought by Juan de la Cierva and Tom Campbell-Black from Airwork Ltd and departed Heston 1.8.36, piloted by Lord Malcolm Douglas-Hamilton & Richard L’Estrange Malone on dely to the Spanish Nationalists at Burgos.

Used as fighter/bomber with forward firing Vickers gun almost certainly as 40-2 "Capitan Vela". On 28.12.36, "Capitán Vela" piloted by Juan Antonio Ansaldo attacked by five Polikarpov I-15 and receiving more than 200 hits, but returned to San Sebastian with a stopped engine; repaired by February 1937 and returned to service.

Retained as personal aircraft of Mayor J-A Ansaldo. Later used as trainer with Spanish Air Force. As 40-2, and named “Lorenzo Richi”, inaugurated Santa Isabel to Bata service 7.5.40 in Spanish Equatorial Guinea. To Iberia later in 1940. Re-registered as EC-AAY 1941 to Trafico Aereo Espana; later returned to Iberia; based in Spanish Guinea. Withdrawn from use & registration cancelled 22.6.46.

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.elgrancapitan.org/foro/viewtopic.php?t=12132
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89-dragon-rapide-afula-2-killed
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ADCL.pdf
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A6.html
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Jul-2012 13:00 TB Added
18-Feb-2019 17:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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