Incident DeHavilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AADI,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 172647
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Date:Sunday 10 February 1935
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
DeHavilland DH.60G Gipsy Moth
Owner/operator:Yorkshire Air Services Ltd
Registration: G-AADI
MSN: 970
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Linthorpe Golf Course, Linthorpe, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Leeming, North Yorkshire
Destination airport:Linthorpe, Middlesborough, North Yorkshire
c/no. 970: DH.60G [Gipsy I] registered G-AADI [C of R 1834] 31.12.28 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd and operated by DH School of Flying, Stag Lane, later Hatfield. C of A 1787 issued 5.2.29. Operated with effect from July 1932 by The Stage & Screen Aero Club, Hatfield [still in use July 1933]. Registered [C of R 5221] 6.7.34 to William K Liversedge & Charles W. Croxford, t/a Yorkshire Air Services, Newton House, Northallerton, North Riding of Yorkshire. Company formed as Yorkshire Aviation Services Ltd 30.8.34.

On Sunday, 10.2.1935 the pilot who would be flying this aircraft when it crashed at Linthorpe hired it from the owners at Leeming, he and a friend took off from Leeming landing ground and flew in the direction of Middlesbrough where they both lived. The pilot then began to fly very low over the Linthorpe area and the two men were seen to wave at people on the ground.

The pilot made a very tight turn and whilst doing so the aircraft lost its flying speed and side-slipped into the ground. To witnesses on the ground, they stated they thought the aircraft had had engine trouble and the pilot was attempting to make a forced landing on Linthorpe Golf Course. In the resulting crash, in front of the club house, the aircraft cartwheeled and the engine was torn away from the rest of the aircraft.

A local doctor, Dr Brownlee, was playing golf at the time and gave first aid to the two until an ambulance arrived and took them to hospital. The pilot's condition being described as "satisfactory", his passenger however was described as "very poorly".

Pilot - Mr Herbert Victor Barker, aged 36, of Fairfield Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. Received chest injuries.
Passenger - Mr Freddie Dixon, aged 40, of Cambridge Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. Received head and facial injuries.

Freddie Dixon was a famous motor cycle racer of his day, but gave this up when he reached forty to take up car racing.

Herbert Baker was born on 5th February 1899 in Middlesbrough. In the London Gazette he is listed as having transferred to the RAF when it formed in April 1918 and had probably served with either the RFC or RNAS prior to this. He was wounded on active service two months later in June 1918 and was de-mobbed in 1919. The crash report for G-AADI stated that his probable hours of flying during this period were less than 200 hours. He had gained his Royal Aero Club certificate as a member of the RAF on 20th March 1918 (which is technically 12 days before the RAF formed on 1st April 1918). In the 1920s and 1930s did a little flying but although his licence had elapsed in 1924, he continued his reserve training throughout the next ten years.

In the week prior to this crash he had visited Leeming and asked the aircraft owners if he could hire the aircraft for the flight in which the crash occurred, when he made his request, he claimed to have over 2000 hours flying, almost certainly not the truth. The crash almost certainly was caused by his inexperience on the aircraft type and that he was too rough with the controls in the final turn before the crash.

Registration G-AADI cancelled 2.6.35 as "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft"

Linthorpe is a suburb of Middlesbrough in the Borough of Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. It is near the areas of Acklam, Ayresome, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough centre and Whinney Banks


9. Biography of Freddie Dixon (1892-1956):


Revision history:

03-Jan-2015 09:21 Dr. John Smih Added
15-Nov-2016 23:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
02-Nov-2017 23:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]
31-Oct-2023 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [[Time, Source]]

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