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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
Owner/operator:Giro Aviation Co Ltd
Registration: G-ACCB
MSN: 4042
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea, off Southport, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Southport Beach, Southport, Lacashire
Destination airport:
Registered G-ACCB [C of R 4070] 24.1.33 to John C Sword and operated by Midland & Scottish Air Ferries Ltd, Renfrew. C of A 3734 issued 10.2.33 and delivered 13.3.33. Company ceased trading 9.34 and aircraft stored at Blackpool. Registered [C of R 6613] 1.1.36 to The Giro Aviation Co, Hesketh Park, Southport.

Stored during war from 4.9.39 (when all private civilian flying was prohibited due to the outbreak of war) and registration cancelled 1.12.46 after Air Ministry post-war census of all surviving pre-war civil aircraft, but restored shortly thereafter. C of A renewed 2.4.47. Registration restored 25.1.48 to Giro Aviation Co Ltd [although company formed 8.46]; operated joy flights from Southport Beach.

Crashed on take-off from Southport Beach 30.8.52; repaired. Crashed on take-off Thruxton, Hampshire 29.3.56; repaired. Ditched in sea opposite Palace Hotel, Southport, Lancashire 25.9.56.

Remains recovered and subsequently used as spares source for G-ACEJ. Registration cancelled 27.4.64 as "PWFU" ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use")

Sold 7.66 to Rollason Aircraft & Engines Ltd, Croydon (with G-ACEJ). Fuselage acquired by Midland Aircraft Preservation Society, Coventry 1968 [but still at Croydon 3.69]. Later stored Midland Air Museum, Baginton, Coventry (see link #4)

Registered 23.3.88 to Ian Bruce Grace, Shedfield, Hampshire, but not delivered. Registered 17.8.88 to Edward Alfred Gautrey, Bedworth, Nuneaton, Warwickshire and on long term rebuild.


4. G-ACCB at Wycombe Air Park (Booker) (EGTB) 26/9/1971:
5. G-ACCB at Southport - Birkdale Sands, Lancs July 1963:


Photo of G-ACCB courtesy

Southport - Hesketh Park (closed)
19 August 1949; (c) R.A.Scholefield

Revision history:

19-Mar-2013 10:12 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Mar-2013 10:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2017 00:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2020 19:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
11-Jul-2020 19:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
11-Jul-2020 20:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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