Accident de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth AV983, Tuesday 30 July 1940
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Date:Tuesday 30 July 1940
Type:de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth
Owner/operator:8 AACU RAF
Registration: AV983
MSN: 7030
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Houndstone Camp, Western Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:Yeovil Aerodrome, Yeovil, Somerset
c/no. 7030: To P Bernard, France with C of A 4185 issued 21.2.34. Registered in France as F-AMXR (C of R 3716) 10.4.34 to Paul Levy dit Bernard, Nancy, France. Registered 30.4.34 to A Costa de Beauregard, Paris. Registered 30.6.34 to Hubert De Courtivron, Paris. French registration cancelled 1.35 as sold abroad.

Re-registered in UK as G-ADBH [C of R 5540] 1.35 to Lady Margaret L L Loch, Hatfield. C of A 4185 issued 30.1.35. Re-registered [C of R 6016] 20.6.35 to Sir Charles H Rose, Portsmouth. Re-registered [C of R 6880] 3.4.36 to Birkett Air Service Ltd, Heston. Crashed at Norton, near Shifnal, Shropshire 2.10.38; repaired and returned to service. Sold 11.10.38 and re-registered 23.1.39 to William G Andrews & Brian A Davy, Heston, Middlesex. Probably withdrawn from service and stored from 4.9.39 when all civilian private flying was prohibited due to the outbreak of war.

UK civil registration cancelled 11.5.40 upon impressment into military service as AV983. To 110 (AAC) Wing, RAF Ringway, Cheshire 17.5.40. To 8 AACU RAF Filton, Bristol, Gloucestershire 1.6.40.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 30.7.40 when wrecked in a forced landing at Houndstone Camp, Western Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset. The crash location is close to Westland's Airfield at Yeovil, and it is believed that AV983 was attempting to land there. No fatalities reported. It is also believed that the aircraft was still flying in its former civilian markings as G-ADBH. (Military serial AV983 not applied to the airfame).


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft AA100-AZ999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 2000 p 151)

Revision history:

31-Oct-2017 20:31 Dr. John Smith Added
21-May-2019 23:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
25-May-2019 13:12 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
05-Oct-2022 20:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
05-Oct-2022 20:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
05-Oct-2022 20:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
05-Oct-2022 22:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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