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Last updated: 16 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60G Moth
Owner/operator:'A' Flt Malayan Volunteer Air Force
Registration: VR-SAI
C/n / msn: 839
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Palembang Airfield, Sumatra -   Indonesia
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Talang Betoetoe,Palembang,
Destination airport:
DH.60G [Gipsy I] Seaplane to Sarawak Government with C o fA issued 26.10.28. Operated by Sarawak Government Air Service (pilot Flight Lt W.H. Phillips) without registration but named “Venus”. Presented to Flight Lt W.H. Phillips at Kuching, Srarwak in July 1929 and registered as G-AASN [C of R 2333] 14.11.29 to William H Phillips, [notionally of Plymouth, Devon], but aircraft based at Port Swettenham, Malaya. No official C of A renewal and operated [from May 1930] by his company Malayan Air Services Ltd, Port Swettenham, Kuala Lumpur.

Sold 1931 by liquidator of Malayan Air Services Ltd to Kuala Lumpur Flying Club (still as seaplane) (per Kuala Lumpur Flying Club Annual Report for 1931). UK registration G-AASN cancelled by the Air Ministry 5.10.34 as sold.

Re-registered in Malaya as VR-RAA early in October 1934 to William H Phillips, Port Swettenham, Kuala Lumpur. To Royal Singapore Flying Club 10.12.34 [by now converted to land plane]. Re-registered back to VR-SAI 9.1.35 to Royal Singapore Flying Club. Fitted with blind flying equipment and flown from Seletar with effect from 1936.

Impressed into Malayan Volunteer Air Force, "A" Flight 1.12.41. The Unit was formed at Kallang 1.12.41 with six Moths [VR-SAF, VR-SAG, VR-SAI, VR-SBH, VR-RAS and VR-RAT]. One was destroyed at Singapore in January 1942 in an air collision with a RAF Brewster Buffalo.

Five survivors ferried to Palemburg, Sumatra 4.2.42. One damaged beyond repair after wing spar hit by bullet near Palemburg. VR-SAI is believed to have been one of the four remaining MVAF DH.60 Moths destroyed in the Japanese attack on Palemburg airfield 14.2.42.



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Revision history:

21-Nov-2017 20:16 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Nov-2017 20:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
18-Apr-2019 07:20 Cobar Updated [Location, Country, Departure airport]
18-Apr-2019 07:23 Cobar Updated [Departure airport]
12-Jan-2020 21:25 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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