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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18753
Last updated: 20 April 2019
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Date:18-DEC-1941
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Malayan Volunteer Air Force
Registration: MVAF 18
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Ipoh, Perak -   Malaysia
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Ipoh, Malaya
Narrative:
CNAC have been reported as operating two Rapides, with fleet nos. 38 & 43 “Fuling” and a CNAC record shows that “43” was received 1.40 and sold in Singapore, although with the type “Dragon” crossed out and Beech Staggerwing entered in place. A report in the Straits Times for 23.8.40 states that Wearnes Air Services had bought a “practically new” Rapide from CNAC and it would be flown to Singapore by a Chinese pilot “early next month”. This may have been allocated VR-SBG and probably became MVAF “18”.

Impressed into 'B' Flight, MVAF (Malayan Volunteer Air Force) as “18” 1.12.41. Destroyed on ground at Ipoh, Malaya 18.12.41 (at approximate Coordinates:04°34′04″N, 101°05′31″E) after landing, when struck by fragmentation bomb during air raid by Japanese forces; 2 on board killed

NOTE: MVAF "18" was not, as per several published sources, ex-VR-SAV (C/no.6360) as that particular DH.89A crashed in thunderstorm on the Waterfall Estate Rubber Plantation near Rawang, Selangor, 20 miles North of Kuala Lumpur 3.5.40 killing three, including pilot Capt G McCausland (which see). The likely identity of MVAF 18 is one of the five aircraft (C/nos. 6388/6389/6390/6391 or 6392) that were supplied to the Military Council for National Govt of China between 19.11.37 and 16.12.37. They were Used as air ambulance aircraft with Red Cross markings, but without any serials (as far as is known)

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VR-S.html
3. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/Accidents/Dec41.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
01-Jan-2012 14:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Apr-2018 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
02-Apr-2018 00:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
16-Feb-2019 23:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Narrative]
16-Feb-2019 23:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
18-Mar-2019 23:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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