Accident De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth DE371, Thursday 3 January 1946
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Date:Thursday 3 January 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:16 EFTS RAF
Registration: DE371
MSN: 85393
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Shottle, 3 miles south of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Burnaston, Derbyshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
De Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth MSN 85393: Taken on charge as DE371 at 45 MU RAF Kinloss 8.2.42. To 16 EFTS RAF Burnaston, Derbyshire 26.7.42.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 3.1.46: The pilot decided to make a precautionary landing at Shottle, Derbyshire, but in doing so, the aircraft overshot the selected landing field, and was damaged beyond repair when overturned on landing. No reported casualties. Tiger Moth DE371 was formally Struck off Charge as Cat.E(FA) 24.1.46.

Note that several sources give the crash location of "Shoale, Derbyshire"; there is no such location. The probable location of this incident was Shottle, a village approximately 3 miles south of the market town of Wirksworth in Derbyshire, at approximate coordinates 53°2′ 38.4″ N, 1°32′ 13.2″ W. Shottle is also approximately 15 miles north of Burnaston, Derbyshire, where Tiger Moth DE371 took off


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft DA100-DZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1987 p 13)
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.25 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.21
4. 16 EFTS RAF ORB for the period 1-9-1939 to 31-3-1947: National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR29/619/2:
6. "RAF Write-offs 1946": Air Britain Aeromilitaria 1979 p.93:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2020 23:05 Dr. John Smith Added
28-Sep-2020 09:47 harry Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]
27-Aug-2021 23:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative, Category]
28-Aug-2021 11:37 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
30-Jul-2023 20:42 Dr. John Smith Updated

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