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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:Bristol Aeroplane Company
Registration: G-ACBB
MSN: 3153
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nibley, Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Filton Aerodrome, Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
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. The School was operated under contract to the Air Ministry by The Bristol Aeroplane Co, and included G-ACBB (c/no. 3153) which was registered to the Bristol Aeroplane Co (C of R 4044) on 20.12.32.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 25.6.34:Collided with Tiger Moth G-ACBE over Nibley, near Yate 25.6.34; G-ACBB was flying inverted during aerobatic practice and lost height in glide, overtook and flew into G-ACBE, which was turning; pilot of G-ACBB (F/O Hamish McKenzie Kerr) parachuted out and survived, while F/O Geoffrey Paul French Hills was killed. Hamish Kerr confirms he was instructing Geoffrey Hills and newspaper reports say that Darroch's body was found badly burned in the wreckage of G-ACBE

One airman was seen to bale out, and this had to be Cyril Shaw (who was instructing John Darroch in Tiger Moth G-ACBE) but he was too low. Hamish Kerr only survived as he fell into a Quarry and this (and the fact there was water at the bottom of quarry allowed him the extra height he needed to survive). Both crew of Tiger Moth G-ACBE were also killed.

Registration G-ACBB cancelled by the Air Ministry 8.1.35 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft". The reported crash location of Nibley is a village in the parish of Westerleigh, South Gloucestershire, England; it is situated about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of Yate.


1. El Tiempo 26 June 1934, page 13


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Revision history:

25-Apr-2012 15:22 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Jan-2014 08:59 TB Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2014 09:35 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Source]
12-Dec-2017 02:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-May-2018 18:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
24-May-2018 18:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2021 19:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]

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