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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22309
Last updated: 17 April 2019
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Date:02-AUG-1940
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89a Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:7 AACU Royal Air Force (7 AACU RAF)
Registration: X9449
C/n / msn: 6309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Denbighshire, North Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Castle Bromwich. Staffordshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
c/no.6309: In April 1935, the 60th airframe to be produced, G-ADWZ, was modified and fitted with elongated rear windows, cabin heating, thickened wing tips, and a strengthened airframe to allow for an elevated gross weight of 5,500 lb, G-ADWZ participated in trials at Martlesham Heath, after which the higher gross weight was cleared for service. Trials possibly conducted with aircraft wearing "Class B" registration, as registration G-ADWZ not allocated at the time.

Registered as G-ADWZ [C of R 6466] 8.11.35 to The DeHavilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield. C of A 5206 issued 9.11.35. Re-registered [C of R 6866] 27.3.36 to Personal Airways Ltd, Croydon.

Attempted acquisition by Spanish Republicans in September 1936 was thwarted. Registrstion G-ADWZ cancelled 2.10.36 as "sold abroad". Re-registered in France as F-APES [C of R 4888] 16.10.36 to Marc Cayre, Paris, but, although delivered to Paris [and certificated at Buc 26.9.36], it was intercepted and obliged to return to England. French registration F-APES cancelled 2.1.37 as “sale cancelled”.

Registration G-ADWZ [C of R 7618] restored 22.1.37, and returned to Personal Airways Ltd, Croydon. Re-registered [C of R 8893] 21.11.38 to North Eastern Airways Ltd, Doncaster [later Croydon]. Registration cancelled 12.4.40 as sold.

Impressed into RAF Service as X9449 10.5.40; to 6 AACU Ringway. To 7 AACU Castle Bromwich 26.7.40.

Written off when force landed, out of fuel, at Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Denbighshire, North Wales, 2.8.40. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, all three occupants were unhurt. To Air Taxis Manchester, but deemed damaged beyond repair and struck off charge 7.9.40.

Sources:

1. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
2. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Aug40.html
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89a-dragon-rapide-llanrhaeadr-ym-mochnant
4. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-ADWZ.pdf
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A7.html
6. http://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/component/content/article?id=78
7. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/Aug40.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Aug-2008 23:16 Anon. Added
14-Dec-2011 18:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Phase, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Feb-2019 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
18-Feb-2019 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]
10-Mar-2019 18:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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