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Date:28-AUG-1934
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH80 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
deHavilland DH.80 Puss Moth
Owner/operator:Herts & Essex Aero Club Ltd
Registration: G-AAVA
C/n / msn: 2002
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nazeing Road, Broxbourne, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Broxbourne Aerodrome, Nazeing, Essex
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The "Daily Mirror" issue dated August 29, 1934 carried the illustrated story of an air crash where an aircraft had ended up in the back garden of a house in Nazeing Road, Broxbourne after a failed take off and consequent collision with a telegraph pole.

The owner of the aircraft, E W Cox of Forest View Road, Walthamstow, had been piloting himself and two passengers from Broxbourne airfield, but failed to gain height, hit the pole and slewed around into the garden.

The story failed to identify the aircraft involved other than that it was an aircraft owned by the pilot and kept by the Herts & Essex aero club at nearby Broxbourne, but the accompanying illustration clearly showed the crumpled mass of a high wing or bi-plane to possess a registration which appeared to be G-A?VA, suggesting that it was one of two de Havilland types registered G-AAVA or G-ABVA. The former was a three seat DH.80A Puss Moth, is more likely than the latter, a two seat DH.60G Gipsy Moth to have been the aircraft involved. In addition, DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-ABVA can be ruled out, as the registration was cancelled 31.3.32 when it was sold to France, and re-registered as F-ALVV.

As for DH.80 Puss Moth G-AAVA, it lived on for several more years: Registered [C of R 5675] 8.3.35 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands [presumably for repairs/rebuild]. Re-registered [C of R 6046] 6.7.35 to Kenneth J Nalson, Croydon. Registered [C of R 6606] 18.12.35 to Thomas W Brooke-Smith, Brooklands. Registered [C of R 7235] 5.8.36 to Harold L Harrison, Croydon (and used by Croydon Airways between February and March 1937). C of A lapsed 26.8.37, and not renewed until 27.5.38. Registration cancelled 6.38 as sold.

Re-registered in Netherlands as PH-ATI [C of R 322] 31.5.38 to DH Reinders, Wassenaar [based Ypenburg]. Destroyed 10. 5.40 during invasion of Holland; registration cancelled as "lapsed" 9.11.40.

Sources:

1. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AAVA
2. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh80.pdf
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A1.html
4. https://studiegroepluchtoorlog.nl/airwar-encyclopedia/aircraft-types/dehavilland-dh-80-puss-moth/ [Dutch text]
5. http://www.brynelliott.co.uk/WESTESSEXcrashesMishaps2Peacetime.pdf


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Sep-2017 19:18 Dr. John Smith Added
01-Sep-2017 19:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]

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