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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22309
Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.89a Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:7 AACU Royal Air Force (7 AACU RAF)
Registration: X9449
MSN: 6309
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Denbighshire, North Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Castle Bromwich. Staffordshire
Destination airport:
c/no.6309: In April 1935, the 60th airframe to be produced, G-ADWZ, was modified and fitted with elongated rear windows, cabin heating, thickened wing tips, and a strengthened airframe to allow for an elevated gross weight of 5,500 lb, G-ADWZ participated in trials at Martlesham Heath, after which the higher gross weight was cleared for service. Trials possibly conducted with aircraft wearing "Class B" registration, as registration G-ADWZ not allocated at the time.

Registered as G-ADWZ [C of R 6466] 8.11.35 to The DeHavilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield. C of A 5206 issued 9.11.35. Re-registered [C of R 6866] 27.3.36 to Personal Airways Ltd, Croydon.

Attempted acquisition by Spanish Republicans in September 1936 was thwarted. Registrstion G-ADWZ cancelled 2.10.36 as "sold abroad". Re-registered in France as F-APES [C of R 4888] 16.10.36 to Marc Cayre, Paris, but, although delivered to Paris [and certificated at Buc 26.9.36], it was intercepted and obliged to return to England. French registration F-APES cancelled 2.1.37 as “sale cancelled”.

Registration G-ADWZ [C of R 7618] restored 22.1.37, and returned to Personal Airways Ltd, Croydon. Re-registered [C of R 8893] 21.11.38 to North Eastern Airways Ltd, Doncaster [later Croydon]. Registration cancelled 12.4.40 as sold.

Impressed into RAF Service as X9449 10.5.40; to 6 AACU Ringway. To 7 AACU Castle Bromwich 26.7.40.

Written off when force landed, out of fuel, at Llanrhaiadr-ym-Mochnant, Denbighshire, North Wales, 2.8.40. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, all three occupants were unhurt. To Air Taxis Manchester, but deemed damaged beyond repair and struck off charge 7.9.40.



Revision history:

06-Aug-2008 23:16 Anon. Added
14-Dec-2011 18:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Phase, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Feb-2019 19:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
18-Feb-2019 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]
10-Mar-2019 18:35 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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