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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18776
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Time:c. 12:40 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:British American Air Services
Registration: G-AERE
MSN: 6355
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dorau's Seat, Ettersgill Fell, Middleton-in-Teesdale, Co. Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex
Destination airport:Newcastle Airport, Woolsington, Newcastle-upon-Tyne(NCL/EGNT)
First registered G-AERE [C of R 7491] 18.3.37 to LHG Ltd as nominee for British-American Air Services Ltd, Heston Aerodrome, Heston, Middlesex. C of A 5903 issued 11.5.37. Registered [C of R 8586] 25.6.38 to director/nominee Mrs Lillian H Falk, Heston. Registered 12.1.39 [back] to LHG Ltd, Heston; still as nominee for BAAS.

On 20.6.39, the aircraft took off from Heston Aerodrome at 10.19 am, bound for Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and reported its position by radio when passing York at midday. But it never arrived in Newcastle, where passenger John Crouch was due to ride the Kingís horse "Mouzelle" in the Seaton Delaval Stakes at Gosforth Racecourse; the horse was withdrawn from the race as a mark of respect.

The BBC broadcast appeals for news of the missing aeroplane, and the following day the Royal Air Force conducted a search.

But it was not until 5 pm on 21.6.39 that Robert Redfearn, a postman, and his friend, spotted the burned-out wreckage of the aircraft near the summit of Dorauís Seat on Ettersgill Fell at Middleton-in-Teesdale in County Durham, miles from the nearest habitation. The bodies of the three persons on board were found close to the wreckage:

Ferruccio Sylvani (Frank) Appi (pilot, aged 20)
James Elmslie (wireless operator, aged 33, from Amble, Northumberland)
John Lionel (Jack) Crouch (jockey, passenger, aged 23)

Registration G-AERE cancelled by the Air Ministry 27.6.39 as "aircraft destroyed"


5. "King's jockey is in missing plane" Dundee Courier (26847). 21 June 1939. p. 7.


the burnt out remains of G-AERE on Dora's Seat

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
20-Jul-2008 11:27 Anon. Updated
31-Jul-2008 23:11 Anon. Updated
29-Sep-2011 05:41 ryan Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
15-Dec-2011 18:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jan-2016 18:31 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 20:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 20:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
28-Oct-2017 19:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
30-Jan-2018 22:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Jan-2018 22:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
19-Mar-2019 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Mar-2019 20:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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