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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:2 E&RFTS RAF
Registration: G-ACBA
MSN: 3152
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
The first batch of civil Tiger Moths (apart from a few "one offs") were a batch of seven aircraft, registered G-ACBA to G-ACBG, and in black and orange livery, which were used at the Filton Reserve School from 1933 onwards. G-ACBA was MSN 3152 (Gipsy III #3562). First Registered as G-ACBA [C of R 4043] 20.12.32 to The Bristol Aeroplane Co Ltd; operated by Bristol Reserve School, Filton. C of A 3744 issued 6.2.33. Unit re-designated 2 E&RFTS in 1935.

G-ACBA was written off (damaged beyond repair) when it stalled and crashed on landing at Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire on 3.5.39 after a mid air collision with Hawker Hart K4372 of 2 E&RFTS, RAF, also based at Filton. Pilot of the Hawker Hart (Flt Sgt Clifford Percival Wright) was killed, and Michael Anthony Sims injured in Tiger Moth G-ACBA. According to the official Air Ministry announcement in "Flight" magazine (May 11, 1939 page 480 - see link #6)

THE Air Ministry regrets to announce the following accidents:
Sgt. Clifford Percival Wright lost his life and Michael Anthony Sims was seriously injured as the result of a collision in the air which occurred at Filton, Bristol, on May 3, between two aircraft of No. 2 Elementary and Reserve Flying Training School, Bristol. Each pilot was flying solo."

However, the registration G-ACBA was only belatedly cancelled on 8.11.45 after a post-war (1945) census of all the surviving pre-war civilian-registered aircraft on the British Civil Register


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Revision history:

25-Apr-2012 15:06 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Nov-2016 01:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Dec-2017 01:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2018 23:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Mar-2018 23:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities]
28-Mar-2018 14:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Aug-2021 18:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative, Category]
01-Aug-2021 20:19 Jouda Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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