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Last updated: 10 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:3 EFTS RNZAF
Registration: NZ1447
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles south of Motunau Island, Canterbury -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Rongotai Airport, Wellington, New Zealand
Destination airport:RNZAF Harewood, Christchurch, New Zealand
de Havilland DH82a Tiger Moth MSN DHNZ.127: Taken on charge as NZ1447 at Rongotai, Wellington 8.10.42

The newly-built aircraft was on its delivery flight to 3 EFTS when it was upset by strong and gusty NW winds and crashed upside down in the sea before the pilot could regain control. The passenger drowned, but the pilot managed to swim ashore.

Crew of Tiger Moth NZ1447:
Flying Officer J Cruikshank (pilot) RNZAF swam to shore
Sergeant Neill (NZ39749) Ernest KING (passenger) RNZAF died (drowned) 28-10-42

Tiger Moth NZ1447 was Written off the books at Harewood 13.12.42.

The reported crash location was 3 miles south of Motunau Island, a small, 3 ha (7.4 acres), island nature reserve lying 1.2 km (0.75 miles) off the coast of New Zealand's South Island, at the northern end of Pegasus Bay, south of the mouth of the Motunau River.


1. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 83. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
2. For Your Tomorrow Vol 1 (1915 to 1942) By Errol W. Martyn - 1 July 1942 to 31 Dec 1942 (Part B)
3. Ministry of Defence Accident File 27-12-697


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Revision history:

04-May-2009 00:29 XLerate Added
05-Jun-2009 19:17 angels one five Updated
11-Jun-2009 02:02 angels one five Updated
24-Sep-2009 00:32 angels one five Updated
02-Jun-2012 12:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Sep-2013 07:58 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
04-Feb-2019 15:54 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]
15-Aug-2021 23:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
15-Aug-2021 23:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
16-Aug-2021 11:53 Anon. Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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