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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
De Havilland DH.60M Moth
Owner/operator:24 Squadron Royal Air Force (24 Sqn RAF)
Registration: K1838
C/n / msn: 1588
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Seahurst Park, near Chichester, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Destination airport:RAF Uxbridge, Middlesex
c/no. 1588 DH.60M [Gipsy I]: Taken on charge by the Royal Air Force as K1838 on 12.11.30 by 24 Squadron, RAF Northolt. Destroyed when struck by Armstrong Whitworth Siskin J8893 of 43 Squadron over Bury Hill, spun in and crashed at Seahurst Park, near Christchurch, West Sussex 24.4.31; Air Vice Marshal Felton Vesey Holt CMG, DSO, RAF (AOC Fighting Area) and Flt Lt Henry Michael Moody killed. Siskin J8893 landed safely, and Sergeant Charles George Wareham, the pilot and sole occupant of the Siskin, was not injured.

Holt was flying in the DH Moth: "Having carried out an inspection of RAF Tangmere, he had taken off in his DeHavilland Moth, with his PA flying another Moth when a formation of Siskins, seeing his PAs aircraft decided to pay him an aerial salute. Unfortunately, the formation dived directly at the Air Vice-Marshall, whom they could not see, and the Siskin on the left of the formation caught the wing of his Moth. Going into a spin, the pilot recovered and the Air Vice-Marshall took to his parachute, but they were too low, the Air Vice-Marshall being killed when he hit the ground without a fully deployed parachute. The inquest brought a verdict of accidental death."


1. The Glasgow Herald - April 24, 1931 page 11:,8144829&dq=air+accident&hl=en

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Revision history:

11-Jan-2015 20:42 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Jan-2015 20:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Aug-2017 17:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
28-Aug-2017 17:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
19-Apr-2018 19:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Oct-2018 06:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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