Accident de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth VR-SAM,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 221842
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Date:Monday 13 January 1936
Type:de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth
Owner/operator:Penang Flying Club
Registration: VR-SAM
MSN: 7063
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sea off Teluk Kumbar, George Town, Penang -   Malaysia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Penang, Straits Settlement, Malaysia
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
c/no 7063: To Major W Learmount, Shanghai [probably Major Leonard Wright Learmount; later of Kuala Lumpur] with C of A 4347 issued 21.6.34. Registered VR-RAE 13.5.35 to Loke Wan Yat, Kuala Lumpur. Registration cancelled 24.8.36 after sale to Penang Flying Club. Re-registered VR-SAM 10.35 to Penang Flying Club

Written off (destroyed) 13.1.36 when crashed into the sea in storm, off Teluk Kumbar, George Town, Penang, Malaysia. Pilot - Richard Cobden Stiven (aged 37, of Penang Flying Club) - was killed. According to the files held at the National Archives at Kew (see link #7), the pilot was born in 1899 (which ties in the reported age of 37 at time of death) and a very experienced pilot, having served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Flying Corps (1914-1918) and the RAF (1918-1922).

Teluk Kumbar is a town within the city of George Town in the Malaysian state of Penang. It is located within the Southwest Penang Island District, at the southern coast of Penang Island between Bayan Lepas to the east and Gertak Sanggul to the west.


7. National Archives (PRO Kew) File WO 339/127379:

Revision history:

14-Feb-2019 20:32 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Dec-2020 20:43 Sergey L. Updated [Narrative]
08-Oct-2022 00:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative, Category]
09-Oct-2022 15:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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