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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28021
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:8 (C) Operational Training Unit Royal Air Force (8 (C) OTU RAF)
Registration: W6455
MSN: 6340
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rosehearty, near RAF Fraserborough, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Dyce, Aberdeen (ABZ/EGPD)
Destination airport:RAF Frazerburgh
First registered G-AENN [C ofR 7344] 22.9.36 to Blackpool & West Coast Air Services Ltd, but not delivered. C of A 5677 issued 25.11.36. Sold by De Havilland's and registered [C of R 7489] instead on 26.11.36 to Charles W.F. Wood (an Olley Air Service pilot); officially based in Dar-es-Salaam in Tanganikya (now Tanzania) but probably operated in Spain during the Civil War there.

If so, Wood probably returned with the Rapide to the UK by 30.6.37. Re-registered [C of R 8262] 13.12.37 to Olley Air Service Ltd, Croydon. Briefly appeared in the 1939 feature film "Q Planes", in scenes that were filmed at Brooklands on 20/21/22.9.38. Registration cancelled 23.1.40 as "sold".

To 24 Squadron, RAF Hendon 23.1.40 and impressed into RAF service as W6455 on 1.3.40. To RAF Skeabrae 27.5.42. To 8(C) OTU Dyce later in 1942.

Written off when force landed with engine failure at Rosehearty, near RAF Fraserburgh, Scotland, whilst on a training sortie from RAF Dyce, Aberdeen on 13.12.42. To DH Witney for repairs but not repaired, and instead struck off charge 18.1.43.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
30-Dec-2011 08:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Country, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]
31-Dec-2011 11:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Aug-2014 14:00 Holschtein Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative]
29-Jan-2018 21:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
20-Feb-2019 17:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source]

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