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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28271
Last updated: 27 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60X Moth
Owner/operator:The Hon. Lady Mary Bailey
Registration: G-EBSF
MSN: 415
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tabora, Tanganyika -   Tanzania
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey (EGCR)
Destination airport:Capetown, South Africa
DH.60X [Cirrus II]: registered as G-EBSF [C of R 1417] 7.7.27 to Capt Geoffrey de Havilland, Stag Lane, Edgware, London. C of A 1165 issued 22.7.27.

Registered [C of R 1589] 6.3.28 to The Hon. Lady Mary Bailey, Stag Lane, Edgware (part-exchanged with G-EBPU c/n 373). Lady Bailey left Croydon on a solo flight to Capetown 9.3.28; en route, the aircraft was badly damaged when it overturned in a crash landing at Tabora, Tanganyika (now Tanzania) 10.4.28.

Fuselage and wing spar broken in crash, and the wreckage was taken by rail from crash site to Pretoria, South Africa. It was presented to The Johannesburg Light Plane Club by Lady Bailey, and was rebuilt in May 1928. Re-registered in South Africa [possibly as G-UAAY?]. UK Registration G-EBSF cancelled 9.1.29 as "destroyed"

Note: Lady Bailey’s solo flight was intended to be continued with an unidentified South African DH.60 Moth bought by her husband, Abe Bailey, in Johannesburg, where it had previously been used as a demonstrator by the local De Havilland agent, J.H.Veasey, and which was flown up from Pretoria by Major Meintjes of the SAAF.

However, on delivery to Tabora on 19.4.28, and after cabling De Havillands in London, it was agreed that this Moth would be exchanged with G-EBTG, c/n 469. Lady Bailey left Tabora 21.4.28 in the unknown Moth, arriving at Johannesburg a few days later, and at Capetown on 30.4.28.

Thereafter, for her return trip to the UK, she used G-EBTG, c/n 469, supplied by Commander Lionel Robinson, the De Havilland agent in Kenya - and which had been flown back to Johannesburg by Major Meintjes. The return trip covered over 18,000 miles (28,970 kilometers). These were the longest solo flights and the longest flights by a woman up to that time.

Lady Bailey was born Mary Westenra, daughter of the 5th Baron Rossmore. She married Sir Abe Bailey at the age of 20. Soon after becoming a licensed pilot in early 1927, she flew across the Irish Sea, the first woman to do so. She set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Altitude, 5 July 1928. Lady Bailey was twice awarded the Harmon Trophy. In 1930, she was created Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. During World War II, The Hon. Dame Mary Bailey, DBE, served with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force with the rank Section Officer. She died 29 July 1960 at the age of 70.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

26 Mar 1929 ZS-ABG Johannesburg Light Plane Club 0 Kinross, Mpumalanga w/o

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Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Dec-2011 13:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Jan-2014 00:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2017 17:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Source]

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