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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth
Owner/operator:Harold Leslie Brook
Registration: G-ABXY
MSN: 2241
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mont Lozere, near Genolhac, Gard, -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lympne, Kent [LYM/EGMK]
Destination airport:Australia
First Registered G-ABXY [C of R 3816] 6.32 to James A Mollison, Stag Lane, Edgware, Middlesex; named "The Heart's Content" (and replacement for G-ABKG). C of A 3553 issued 4.8.32. Special modified single-seater Puss Moth with additional 75 & 45 gallon fuel tanks in cabin. Flown on east to west Transatlantic crossing 18-19.8.32, leaving Portmarnock Strand, Dublin and arriving Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick; (31 hours 20 mins or 30 hrs 10 mins). First solo east-west light plane crossing of North Atlantic and longest non-stop light plane flight.

Flown on to New York 21.8.32 but intended return flight abandoned and aircraft returned to UK by sea aboard SS Empress of Britain 8.9.32.

Fitted with Gipsy Major (test flown 21.11.32) and flown across South Atlantic leaving Lympne, Kent, 6.2.33 and arriving Port Natal, Brazil 9.2.33, (3 days 10 hours 8 mins) and on to Rio de Janeiro, arrived 11.2.33. Registered [C of R 4775] 2.1.34 to Harold L Brook, Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire.

Written off (destroyed) when crashed due to icing in fog on Mont Lozere, Cévennes National Park, near Genolhac, Gard, France 28.3.34 (at approximate Coordinates 44°25′34″N, 3°44′21″E) while en route Lympne, Kent to Australia; Brook slightly injured. Wreckage salvaged and shipped back to England late 1934.

Registration G-ABXY cancelled by the Air Ministry 2.12.34 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft". (Note: salvaged engine fitted to Harold Brook’s Miles Falcon G-ACTM).



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Revision history:

26-Feb-2013 08:37 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Dec-2017 16:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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