Accident de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth G-AAVB, Thursday 4 September 1941
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Date:Thursday 4 September 1941
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth
Owner/operator:26 Sqn RAF
Registration: G-AAVB
MSN: 2003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Kenley, Whyteleafe, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Gatwick, Horley, Surrey
Destination airport:RAF Kenley, Surrey
Registered G-AAVB [C of R 2447] 30.6.30 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane; operated by Col The Master of Sempill, Welsh Harp, near Hendon, and built as a float plane (using Short built floats). (Note: A report by MAEE stated that the aircraft was laterally unstable on floats at AUW of 1,900 lbs and recommended restriction to 1,830 lbs.) C of A 2705 issued 27.8.30. Flown to Stockholm Aero Show 4.9.30 by The Master of Sempill from the Welsh Harp Reservoir in North-West London, (1,040 miles non-stop in 12 hrs); then across the Baltic to Tallinn, Estonia on 10.9.30 and to Finland on 11.9.30. Returned from Norway to Aberdeen 22.9.30 and subsequently used to tour British coast.

Re-registered [C of R 2939] 11.30 to Frederick AI (Alan) Muntz of Airwork Ltd, Heston and transferred to Almaza, Egypt (by now as landplane). Regn cancelled 31.5.31 as "sold abroad".

Re-registered in Egypt as SU-AAB 5.31 to Saleh Pasha Enan. Bought by Brig-General Arthur C Lewin from Misr-Airwork at Cairo (or possibly by his sister-in-law, Miss Higgins) to replace his DH.60G (probably G-ABGN) which was damaged in storms at Malakal c20.5.33 en route Kenya to UK. Arrived Heston 15.6.33. Re-registered G-AAVB [C of R 4574] 28.6.33 to Brig-General Arthur C Lewin, Heston with C of A renewed 29.9.33. Re-registered [C of R 4805] 11.12.33 to Major Henry A Petre, DSO, MC, Heston.

Delivered 12.5.41 to 26 Squadron, Gatwick. Registration cancelled 12.5.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed into military service as DR755 31.5.41. RAF serial not used since it crashed on landing in a crosswind at Kenley on 4.9.41, still marked as G-AAVB.


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft DA100-DZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)

Revision history:

08-Jun-2008 00:15 Topaz Added
23-Feb-2013 16:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2013 14:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
01-Mar-2020 21:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Mar-2020 21:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
01-Mar-2020 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
10-Jul-2023 20:55 Nepa Updated

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