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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:Cinque Ports Flying Club Ltd
Registration: G-EBSS
MSN: 423
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Selby Farm, St Botolph's Bridge, West Hythe, near Lympne, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Lympne, Kent (LYM/EGMK)
Destination airport:
DH.60X [Cirrus II] Moth: registered G-EBSS [C of R 1434] 2.8.27 to William Whiteley Ltd, as nominee for its director, Vicomte Jacques de Sibour, Stag Lane, Edgware, Middlesex; named "Jeunesse". C of A 1189 issued 20.8.27.

Sold and delivered 15.7.28 and re-registered [C of R 1718] 13.8.28 to Cinque Ports Flying Club Ltd, Lympne, Kent; (replacement for G-EBWC).

Written off (damaged beyond repair) when crashed at Selby Farm, St Botolph's Bridge, West Hythe, near Lympne, Kent, 13.10.28, when pilot Guy Skinner (of Cinque Ports Flying Club) was jerked out of the cockpit of G-EBSS during spin recovery, after losing control in a roll. According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (October 18, 1928 page 925 - see link #7):

On Saturday, the 13th inst.. Mr. G. T. Skinner, of Boughton Honchelsea, near Maidstone, who recently passed his flying tests for the Air Ministry "A" licence, took off in Moth G-EBSS for a solo flight, immediately after having 15 minutes' dual instruction with Major Travers. He climbed to a considerable height above Romney Marsh and proceeded to do two excellent loops, after which he successfully did a half-roll. In attempting a full roll immediately afterwards he allowed the nose to drop and the roll developed into a spin.

He was still at a perfectly safe height, but it appears that he came out of the spin with a jerk and was thrown forward on to his belt, which broke near the starboard fastening. Mr. Skinner was thrown out of the machine, and, of course, instantly killed. The machine continued in a vertical dive and landed on Selby Farm close to Mr. Skinner, being reduced to a complete wreck.

The Club deeply regrets this most unfortunate accident to a very promising pupil, and the Board of Directors and Committee offer their sincere sympathy to Mr. Skinner's relations and friends in their great loss."

Alternatively, it is reported that he was looping at 1,000 feet, and lost control, and may have jumped out of the aircraft within a few hundred feet of the ground. In either case he clearly left the aircraft "in a hurry" whilst it was inverted and at low altitude. Registration cancelled 8.11.28 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft


1. Folkestone, Hythe, Sandgate & Cheriton Herald - Saturday 20 October 1928
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/10/C129:
7. Flight magazine of 18 October 1928:

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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
10-Dec-2011 08:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 02:21 angels one five Updated [Source, Damage]
12-Dec-2013 22:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Sep-2017 22:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
20-Jun-2018 15:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
20-Jun-2018 15:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
30-Jun-2018 09:18 Sergey L. Updated [Total fatalities]
29-Feb-2020 00:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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