Incident de Havilland DH.84 Dragon G-ACCR,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27699
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Date:Wednesday 22 January 1936
Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:Commercial Air Hire
Registration: G-ACCR
MSN: 6011
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Beach near Ault Lighthouse, Le Tréport, Seine-Maritime, Normandy -   France
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Le Bourget Airfield, Paris, France (LBG/LFPB)
Destination airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
c/no 6011 (Gipsy Major #5126/5127): Registered as G-ACCR [C of R 4085] 28.2.33 to Capt William Arthur Rollason, of Rollason Aviation Co Ltd, Croydon. C of A 3846 issued 3.4.33 and operated by Rollason on British Hospitals Air Pageants tour 4.33-10.33. Delivered 10.33 to (Rollason director) Robert Thomas Boyd, t/a Barnstaple & North Devon Flying Club, Heanton Court, Barnstaple, Devon.

Crashed at West Manley, Tiverton, Devon 4.2.34; repaired. Damaged on third landing at Lundy Island 3.6.34. Rebuilt and sold 8.34 to Commercial Air Hire Ltd, Croydon; operated by (associate) Air Dispatch Ltd. Hired 8.34 (briefly) to Jersey Airways Ltd. Registered [C of R 5497] 13.12.34 to Doris Godley; director/nominee of Commercial Air Hire Ltd, Croydon. Operated 4.35 by Inner Circle Air Lines; Heston-Croydon service. Converted to air ambulance 8.35.

Struck by lightning en route Le Bourget-Croydon at night and forced landed off beach near beach near Ault Lighthouse, Le Tréport, Seine-Maritime Department, Normandy, France 22.1.36 and wrecked by tide. All six occupants, five passengers and a pilot, were rescued while the aircraft sunk and was lost.

According to one source (see link #8), "the aircraft was carrying £80,000 in gold bullion, when static electricity, caused by a hail storm, forced a landing into shallow water". (£80,000 in 1936 would be equivalent to over £5 million at 2016 prices).

Registration G-ACCR cancelled by the Air Ministry 7.11.36 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"


8. A Flying Life: An Enthusiast's Photographic Record of British Aviation in the 1930s by Richard Riding

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
3 June 1934 G-ACCR Barnstaple & North Devon Flying Club 0 Lundy Island Airfield, Bristol Channel, Devon, sub

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
29-Dec-2011 14:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 20:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
02-Oct-2017 20:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Dec-2017 01:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Aug-2019 17:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
24-Oct-2022 23:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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