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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 208449
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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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:20 Elementary & Reserve Flying Training School Royal Air Force (20 E&RFTS RAF)
Registration: N6451
MSN: 3781
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cobham Woods, near Gravesend, Kent, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Gravesend Airport, Gravesend, Kent
Destination airport:
DH.82 Tiger Moth MSN 3781 (Gipsy Major #80727): Taken on charge as N6451 at 24 MU Ternhill 30.11.38. To 20 ERFTS Gravesend 9.3.39.

Written off (destroyed) 12.5.39 in a mid-air collision with Tiger Moth N5487 during blind-flying practice, at Cobham Woods, near Gravesend, Kent. One of the two crew of Tiger Moth N6451 was killed (as was one of the crew of Tiger Moth N5487):

Flying Officer Froude Ridler Matthews (pilot instr.) RAF died 6.1.40 of injuries sustained
Midshipman (Air) Arthur Taylor (pilot u/t) injured

Collision took place at 800 feet. The crash site of Cobham Woods is a 242.7 hectares (600 acres) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest on the western outskirts of Rochester in Kent. It is in the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and part of it is managed by the National Trust.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)


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Revision history:

29-Mar-2018 20:16 Dr. John Smith Added
29-Mar-2018 20:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 15:11 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
01-Aug-2021 18:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative, Category]
01-Aug-2021 20:25 Jouda Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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