Mid-air collision Accident De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth G-AHUE, 05 Apr 1970
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Time:12:30pm LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:Staffordshire Gliding Club
Registration: G-AHUE
MSN: 84240
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Meir Aerodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Banner and glider towing
Departure airport:Meir Aerodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Destination airport:Meir Aerodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth MSN 84240; Taken on charge by the RAF as T7868, nominally at 15 MU RAF Wroughton, Wiltshire 5.2.41. However, placed into long-term stroage in ‘purgatory’ at Rockley Farm, Cumnor, Oxfordshire; returned to Morris Motors at Cowley, Oxford for erection [undated, but probably August 1941]. To 20 MU RAF Aston Down, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire 1.9.41. To 29 EFTS RAF Clyffe Pypard 11.9.41. To 38 MU RAF Llandow, Glamorgan 26.8.45 for long-term storage pending disposal.

Struck off charge when sold 13.5.46 to Royal Aero Club, London. UK civil registered as G-AHUE (CofR 10350/1) 12.6.46 to Airwork Ltd, Hounslow, Middlesex (later PIccadilly, London W1) and operated by Strathtay Aero Club, Perth/Scone Airfield, Perth, Tayside. CofA 7896 issued 26.7.46. Damaged on landing Strathtay Aerodrome 3.8.47; repaired and returned to service. Damaged on landing at Perth/Scone 24.4.48; repaired and returned to service. Damaged when crashed and overturned following engine failure, Broom Ridge Farm, St Ninians, near Stirling 24.10.50; repaired and returned to service.

New C of R No.R2486 issued 10.5.50. Club renamed Scottish Aero Club Ltd 4.56. Damaged when overturned on landing at Perth/Scone 24.4.58 [exactly 10 years to the very day of similar accident and the same airfield!]; repaired and returned to service.

Cancelled 1.1.60 and re-registered (C or R2486/2) on 29.1.60 to Airwork Services Ltd, Piccadilly, London W1 (aircraft remained based Perth/Scone, Tayside, Scotland). Registration cancelled 12.3.60 and re-registered 18.3.60 (C of R R2486/3) to The Cambridge University Gliding Trust Ltd, Cambridge. Registration cancelled 6.12.64 and re-registered (C or R R2486/4) on 11.1.65 to Walter Charles Hutchinson, John Michael Marshjones & John Kaye, Trustees of the Assets of the Staffordshire Gliding Club, Meir Aerodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Damaged when undercarriage collapsed in heavy landing Meir Aerdrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 20.12.64; repaired and returned to service.

Destroyed 5.4.70 in a mid air collision with a glider at Meir Aerodrome, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. The Tiger Moth had been towing EoN 460 glider BGA1305, and the Tiger Moth was destroyed when it spun into the ground. The pilot of the Tiger Moth died, but the pilot of the glider was able to use his parachute, baled out, and survived with minor injuries.

Registration G-AHUE belatedly cancelled as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use" 27.2.73


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft T1000-V9999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
2. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHUE-1.pdf
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AHUE-2.pdf
4. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Eon460.htm
5. https://air-britain.com/pdfs/production-lists/DH82.pdf
6. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p842.html
7. Photo of G-AHUE at Teversham, Cambridge, 1963: https://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/000592578.html
8. Photo of G-AHUE at Perth/Scone 6.8.59: https://www.airhistory.net/photo/413877/G-AHUE
9. Photo of G-AHUE at Teversham, Cambridge 4.8.62: https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1761368
10. http://www.camgliding.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fleet-Part-5-Tugs-Motorgliders-2017-03-14.pdf
11. https://www.transportphotos.com/air/photo/LA00780-1
12. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meir,_Staffordshire#Meir_Aerodrome


Revision history:

15-Jun-2009 12:10 VHKDK Added
01-May-2012 06:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-May-2012 12:02 Anon. Updated [Time, Embed code]
28-Nov-2018 14:29 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
06-Sep-2021 14:12 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
31-Dec-2021 16:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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