Accident de Havilland DH.60G Moth G-ACOI, Sunday 20 January 1935
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Date:Sunday 20 January 1935
Time:afternoon
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.60G Moth
Owner/operator:Midland Aero Club
Registration: G-ACOI
MSN: 5072
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hall Farm, Over Whitacre, near Coleshill, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
c/no. 5072: DH 60GIII Moth Major, first registered as G-ACOI [C of R 4898] 29.3.34 to The Midland Aero Club Ltd, Castle Bromwich. C of A 4260 issued 14.4.34; delivered 19.4.34.

Substantially damaged 20.1.1935 in forced landing in bad weather at Hall Farm, Over Whitacre, near Coleshill, Warwickshire. Pilot Dr. Talbot Dance, injured, passenger Miss Dorothy Isabella Mills (aged 32) killed. Aircraft presumably repaired, as registration G-ACOI not cancelled until 8.8.1940. (Although all private flying was not allowed after the outbreak of war on 3.9.1939).

Note that the files on the incident at the National Archives at Kew (Filew AVIA 5/17/C298) gives the crash location as "Coleshill" [sic]. The aircraft actually came down at Over Whitacre. a village containing the hamlets of Botts Green, Furnace End and Monwode Lea in North Warwickshire, Warwickshire, England.

Sold 8.8.40 to W. S. Shackleton Ltd, Piccadilly, London W1. Sold to India and re-registered in November 1940 as VT-ANL to Government of India. Registration VT-ANL cancelled 20.6.42; probably impressed locally into military service (although no military serial connected to this airframe has been traced)

Sources:

1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1937.htm
2. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A5.html
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ACOI.pdf
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/17/C298: http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6576766
5. As G-ACOI: https://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/page-gb-registers-g-ac/g-ac-part-2?highlight=WyJnLWFjb2kiXQ==
6. As VT-ANL: https://www.afleetingpeace.org/index.php/page-india-register/vt-ain-to-vt-ath?highlight=WyJnLWFjb2kiXQ==
7. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh60.pdf
8. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/dh/p050.html
9. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_VT-1.html
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Over_Whitacre

Location

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Nov-2016 15:29 Dr.John Smith Added
15-Nov-2016 15:30 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Nov-2016 19:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Nov-2016 17:14 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Sep-2017 00:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2023 17:24 Dr. John Smith Updated

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