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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:14 Elementary Flying Training School Royal Air Force (14 EFTS RAF)
Registration: K4248
MSN: 3244
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Elmdon, Brimingham, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Elmdon, Birmingham (EGBB)
Destination airport:RAF Elmdon, Birmingham (EGBB)
De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth MSN3244 (Gipsy Major #A131924) Taken on charge as K4248 at RAF Kenley, Whyteleaf, Surrey 21.12.34. To Abingdon Station Flight, RAF Abingdon, Oxfordshire 16.9.35. To 2 ASU (Aircraft Servicing Unit) RAF Cardington, Bedfordhsire 13.9.37.

Delivered to 20 E&RFTS, Gravesend, Kent, 4.10.37. 20 E&RFTS commenced operations on 1.10.37 after receiving its first three Tiger Moths the previous day (K4254, K4283 and K4287). Three more Tigers arrived on the 4th October (K4248, K4251 and K4272). Overshot in forced landing, hit fence and tipped onto its nose, Doddington, Kent 19.8.39. Repaired. After repairs issued to 14 EFTS, RAF Elmdon, 15.10.39.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) in a Heavy landing RAF Elmdon, Birmingham 31.8.40. One source states the Pupil Pilot u/t of Tiger Moth K4248 (who appears to have escaped unhurt) was Sgt Gilbert Anthony Phelps, Service Number 742256, aged 24. The 14 EFTS ORB (Operations Record Book) has no mention of the incident but does give all his training stages and ends with the statement that he has been removed from flying training as "unlikely to become an efficient airman".

So looks like the discussion after the Court of Inquiry reprimand was one where someone else did all the talking and he did all the listening! His subsequent military career is unknown, but Gilbert Anthony Phelps (d.o.b. 21.4.16) survived the War and died on 29.9.67 aged 51.

Tiger Moth K4248 was sent to Taylorcraft at Rearsby, Leicestershire for repairs 27.9.40 but repairs not proceeded with, and instead Struck Off Charge 22.11.40 as FACE (flying Accident Cat.E)


1. The K File: The Royal Air Force of the 1930s (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2005 p,347)
2. 14 EFTS ORB (Operations Record Book) for the period 1.4.39 to 31.8.44: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 29/561/2 at
9. The Peerage person ID p67350.htm#i673499


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Revision history:

01-May-2019 23:50 Dr. John Smith Added
25-May-2019 12:22 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2021 18:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
04-Aug-2021 18:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Aug-2021 18:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Aug-2021 19:38 MamaMia Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
04-Aug-2021 21:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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