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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28888
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Date:03-MAY-1940
Time:day
Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:6 AONS RAF
Registration: G-AEMM
C/n / msn: 6339
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF Staverton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Staverton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
c/no 6339: Registered G-AEMM [C of R 7262] 31.8.36 to Anglo-Iranian Oil Co Ltd, Abadan, Persia (Iran). C of A 5640 issued 10.10.36. Returned to Heston 30.11.38 and registration cancelled 1.1.39. Re-registered 17.3.39 to Airwork Ltd., Heston Aerodrome, Middlesex. Registration cancelled 1.4.39 as sold. Re-registered 21.10.39 to Airwork Ltd, Iver, Buckinghamshire; operated by 6 CANS (Civil Air Navigation School), RAF Staverton; later 6 AONS.

Destroyed in Mid air collision near Staverton, Gloucestershire 3.5.40: both crew killed. Crew details not known, but the pilot's surname was "Barclay"; as there seems to be no record with the CWGC, he was probably a civilian trainee pilot.

Registration G-AEMM belatedly cancelled by the Air Ministry post war, on 30.3.46, due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft". A note on the aircraft's record card states "(Census Return 1945)"; which indicates that the Air Ministry were only made aware of the demise of G-AEMM after a return from the last registered owners, in response to the Air Ministry's 1945 census into the existence (or not) of all UK-registered pre-war civil aircraft. As far as is known, G-AEMM was never formally impressed into military service, in that a military serial number is not known to have been allocated to this airframe.

Sources:

1. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-de-havilland-dh89a-dragon-rapide-raf-staverton-2-killed
2. https://www.ab-ix.co.uk/pdfs/dh89.pdf
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AEMM.pdf
4. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/79-register-gb-g-ae
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A9.html
6. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?19285-Dh89-Rapide-G-AEMM-Collision-3-May-1940
7. http://www.orpheusweb.co.uk/vicsmith/OldAccs/May40.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2011 09:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 12:56 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 20:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Jan-2018 22:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 20:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2019 18:32 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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