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DH.80, fitted with modified Gipsy II engine. Regd G-AAHZ [CofR 2006] 30.5.29 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co
Ltd, Stag Lane. First flown Stag Lane 9.9.29 without markings and initially named Puss Moth (as such 12.29).
Adopted 'B' marks E.1. (1.30). Marketed initially as "Moth Three", to indicate 3-seater but reverted to Puss Moth
shortly after official launch 4.30. No CofA issued and regn never used. Airframe became the Gipsy engine test
rig at Stag Lane. Regn cld 1.32 as wfu. Probably the Puss Moth ground test-bed used for Gipsy Major trials
early .33.


Regd G-AATC [CofR 2357] 23.12.29 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3003). Built as "type machine for Australia" and first flown 3.30. Tested at Martlesham Heath. CofA 2515
issued 22.5.30 and shipped to Australia. UK regn cld 12.30 as sold abroad. Regd VH-UON [CofR 391] 11.8.30
to de Havilland Australia Pty Ltd, Mascot. Erected Mascot and flown 13.8.30 by Maj Hereward de Havilland to
Essendon; CofA 346 issued 29.8.30. Sold 26.10.30 and regd 5.11.30 to Harry Richard Clarke, Point Piper,
Sydney, NSW. CofA suspended 6.11.30-31.12.30. Regn suspended 23.9.32. Sold 15.3.33 and regd 23.3.33 to
John Jerimiah Leahy, Sydney. Sold 27.2.34 and regd 12.3.34 to Raymond Galbraith Whitehead, Mascot. Regn
suspended 14.11.34 (because of official disapproval of proposed flight to New Zealand). Flown across Tasman
Sea (Gerringong Beach, Sydney to beach at Doubtless Bay, Northland) 22.11.34 by Whitehead and Rex Nicholl
in 14 hrs 40 mins; named "Faith in New Zealand". Pilots arrested on arrival and charged with flying
uncertificated aircraft. Regd ZK-ADU 14.1.35 to Raymond G Whitehead & Rex Nicholl, Rongotai. Regd 10.8.36
to AJ Bradshaw [of Southland Airways], Rongotai; later Invercargill but not flown due to bad corrosion. Used as
spares for c/n 2046 & 2204. The remains were stored at Invercargill until the frame and other parts were
transferred to Colin F Smith/Croydon Aircraft Co, Mandeville [.83]. On rebuild by Croydon Aircraft Co, Mandeville
for Gerald Grocott [98]; to Southair Ltd, Taieri [2.02]. Project for sale by Grocott [02]. Sold .03 to Edward WaiteRoberts; for rebuild by Aero Antiques [Ron Souch], Hill Farm, Durley. Sold on early 09 and regd G-AATC
22.5.09 to Roy Adrian Palmer, Weybridge; still on rebuild by Ron Souch/Aero Antiques [5.09; 9.13] with Gipsy III
(rebuilding by Vintec).
Regd G-AAVA [CofR 2446] 5.6.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III).
(Illustrated as such in Flight 25.4.30, prior to formal regn, which was reserved 3.30). Used for wing flutter tests
1.31. CofA 2530 issued 2.7.31. Flown by Capt Hubert Broad in the Round Italy Tour (Giro Aereo d'Italia) 9.7.31
to 26.7.31; Broad was first in the Grand Tourismo category. Regd [CofR 3434] 9.31 to Phillips & Powis Aircraft
(Reading) Ltd, Woodley. Sold 4.32 and regd [CofR 3807] 6.32 to Kenneth Cecil Gandar Dower, Heston, (owned
jointly with Capt Angus Charles Stuart Irwin) and flown by Irwin in Kings Cup 9.7.32. Flown by Gandar Dower
and Irwin from Heston to Madras, departing 26.10.32. Flown in Viceroy's Cup Race by LH Mason of Madras
Flying Club and badly damaged by hailstorm next day; shipped back to England 10.33 for repair by DH. Sold
[8.34] to Herts & Essex Aero Club Ltd, Broxbourne. Crashed Broxbourne 28.8.34. Regd [CofR 5675] 8.3.35 to
Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands; repaired & CofA renewed 17.5.35. Regd [CofR 6046] 6.7.35 to Kenneth
James Nalson, London WC1 (based Croydon & op by Air Pullmans (Croydon) Ltd). Regd [CofR 6606] 18.12.35
to Thomas William Brooke-Smith, Bayswater (based Brooklands). Regd [CofR 7235] 5.8.36 to Harold Laurence
Harrison, Golders Green (based Croydon); op by Croydon Airways 2.37-3.37. CofA lapsed 26.8.37, and not
renewed until 27.5.38. Regn cld 6.38 as sold abroad. Regd in Netherlands as PH-ATI [CofR 322] 31.5.38 to DH
Reinders, Wassenaar [based Ypenburg]. Destroyed 5.40 during invasion of Holland; regn lapsed 9.11.40.
Regd G-AAVB [CofR 2447] 6.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane; operated by Col The Master of
Sempill, Welsh Harp, nr Hendon and built as floatplane (using Short built floats). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3002).
(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.) CofA 2705 issued 27.8.30. Flown to Stockholm Aero Show 4.9.30 by
The Master of Sempill from Welsh Harp, (1,040 miles non-stop in 12 hrs); then across Baltic to Tallinn, Estonia
10.9.30 and Finland 11.9.30. Returned from Norway to Aberdeen 22.9.30 and subsequently used to tour British
coast. Converted back to landplane. Regd [CofR 2939] 11.30 to Frederick Alan Irving Muntz of Airwork Ltd,
Heston and flown to Almaza, Egypt 2/31-4/31. Regn cld 5.31 as sold abroad. Regd in Egypt as SU-AAB 5.31 to
Saleh Pasha Enan. Bought by Brig-Genl Arthur 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 Malakal
c20.5.33 en route Kenya to UK. Arrived Heston 15.6.33. Regd G-AAVB [CofR 4574] 28.6.33 to Brig-Genl
Arthur Corrie Lewin, London SW1 (based Heston) with CofA renewed 29.9.33. Regd [CofR 4805] 11.12.33 to
Major Henry Aloysius Petre, London W1 (based Heston). CofA lapsed 16.3.40. Delivered 12.5.41 to 26
Squadron, Gatwick. Regn cld 12.5.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DR755 31.5.41. RAF serial not used
since it crashed on landing in crosswind Kenley 4.9.41, still as G-AAVB.
To DH Canada with CofA 2561 issued 6.6.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3016). Arrived Downsview 13.6.30 and test
flown 16.6.30. Regd CF-AGO [CofR 890] 19.6.30 to de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Toronto as
demonstrator. Flown 70,000 miles on demonstrations 30/32; mainly flown by E Leigh Capreol, and reportedly
flown by Nigel Norman across USA and back in summer .31 [unconfirmed]. Regn lapsed 7.3.33; renewed
2.8.33. Still operated by DHC General Manager Alan Murray from Toronto 3-4.34. Regd [CofR 1398] 9.5.34 to
Sid B Cleverley, Toronto. Regn suspended 14.12.35; new CofR 2039/A58 issued 13.7.37/7.1.37. Regd [CofR
2221/A58] 27.4.38 to WA Ward, Toronto. Regd [CofR 2359/A58] 13.1.39 to RG Slack & GI Wonnacott,
Hamilton, Ontario. CofR lapsed 20.4.39; renewed 5.5.39. Sold 15.6.40 to RCAF for use as instructional
airframe. Toc 17.6.40 at Technical Training School, St.Thomas, Ont as A50. Free issue 15.11.40 to Quebec
Aircraft School, PQ.














Regd G-ABBH [CofR 2674] 6.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3005).
CofA 2535 issued 12.6.30. Entered by Lord Wakefield in Kings Cup 7.30, flown by Capt Hubert Broad. Entered
by High Commissioner for Canada in Hanworth Air Race 19.7.30, flown by Sqn Ldr A Shearer. Flown by Capt
Broad for Indian demonstration. Returned to UK and sold [but not regd] to agents Brian Lewis & CD Barnard
Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 2860] 14.10.30 to Harold Ashley Brock, London W1 (based Heston). Spun in during
gale whilst en route Heston to Le Mans and destroyed Verneuil-sur-Avre, France 14.6.31, killing Brock &
passenger, John Robertson. Regn cld 26.8.31 as crashed.
Regd G-AAXJ [CofR 2540] 5.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3004).
CofA 2516 issued 22.5.30. Flown by Air Taxis Ltd pilots Walter L Hope & Flt Lt George Birkett from Abyssinia to
England in 5 days departing 2.11.30. Regd [CofR 2955] 11.12.30 to F/O Nevill Vintcent and flown to Colombo,
Ceylon (probably via Bombay) by owner, leaving Croydon 28.12.30, arriving c7.1.31. Owned/operated by Tata
Sons Ltd in Ceylon with Vintcent and was the first acft based there; reported as flown by Vintcent & Zubair
Caffoor from Manelapam, South India to Colombo racecourse 4.31, having been chartered from Tata for aerial
gymkhana. Flown Colombo to Bombay 6.5.31. Regn cld 10.7.31 as pwfu. Regd in India as VT-ACZ [CofR 106]
16.6.31 to Tata Sons Ltd, Bombay. Regd [CofR 106/1] 31.5.34 to HH Ravi Sher Singh, Rajah Sahib of Kalsia,
Chhachrauli, Kalsia State, Punjab (based Delhi). Regn cld as w/off 6.35. Possibly restored 4.36 to The Ruling
Chief, Athgarh State (but see c/n 2205). Regn cld 6.7.37.
Regd G-AAXR [CofR 2551] 5.30 to Capt Arthur Wilson Filmer, London W1; (nominee for Loel Guinness, based
Brooklands). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3044). CofA 2651 issued 11.9.30. Regd [CofR 2883] 11.30 to The Hon
Thomas Loel Evelyn Bulkeley Guinness, London W1 (based Brooklands). Regd [CofR 4116] 1.33 Norman
Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Whitchurch. Regd [CofR 4170] 8.2.33 to John Henry Hancock, Ross-on-Wye
(based Brockworth); still regd .37. Regd [CofR 8295] 13.1.38 to Richard Randolph William Rawson Trafford,
Michaelchurch Escley, Abergavenny (based Michaelchurch/Heston). Cld 13.4.39 & regd 14.4.39 to Capt Donald
Ian Menzies Kennard, Hounslow (based Heston). CofA lapsed 28.4.40. Flown [at Hatfield] 11.40 by Sqdn Ldr
Michael Lister-Robinson. Regn cld 18.2.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DG661 18.2.41 and continued
to be used by Lister-Robinson of 609 Squadron, Biggin Hill. RAF serial not used but coded “PR-”. Wfu following
ground loop when wheel locked on landing at Biggin Hill 5.5.41. To DH Witney 21.5.41. Soc 13.6.41. Issued
25.6.41 to 525 ATC Squadron, Marlborough College, Wilts as instructional airframe 2618M.
To Aeros Pty Ltd, South Africa with CofA 2682 issued 1.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3052). Regd ZS-ACA
13.10.30 to The Johannesburg Light Plane Club, Baragwanath, named "Alpha II". Crashed Vereeniging
11.11.34; hit telephone pole whilst low flying (pilot John Wolstenholme injured, passenger Ralph Bensusan
Regd G-AAXS [CofR 2552] 5.30 to Leonard StClair Ingrams, London EC2 (based Heston). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3032). CofA 2650 issued 17.7.30. Regd [CofR 3131] 4.31 to Airwork Ltd, Heston, and subsequently used by
Misr-Airwork Ltd, Cairo (but without local re-registration). Sold 11.32 and regd [CofR 4114] 1.33 to Lt Guy Lenox
Prendergast, of HQ Sudan Defence Force (based Khartoum, Sudan). Traded in to Brian Lewis & Co Ltd, Heston
8.34 in part exchange for DH.85 G-ACSU. Regd [CofR 5373] 26.9.34 to Mayday Motors, Thornton Heath,
Croydon. Regd [CofR 5747] 29.3.35 to William Wilfred Lyle, London N17 (based Hatfield). Destroyed in a fire
that started in a lock-up at Hatfield 9.7.35. Regn cld 7.35 as pwfu.
Regd G-AAXL [CofR 2545] 5.30 to Alan Samuel Butler, London W2 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3011). CofA 2534 issued 6.6.30. Regd [CofR 2849] 2.10.30 to Michael David Llewellyn Scott & Owen Finlay
MacLaren, London SW1 (based Heston; later Skegness). Operated scheduled Skegness-Hunstanton service in
summer .31 at £1 return; the only regular UK internal air service in that year; operated under name of Eastern Air
Transport (by 3.32). Forced landed on a mud bank at Dogs Head Sand, The Wash, 5 miles off Hunstanton
26.5.32, following con-rod break. The airframe was eventually set on fire by crew Scott and Lewis Tindall to
attract rescuers and the aircraft was destroyed as a consequence and by the rising tide. They were picked up by
fishing boat 'Lizzie Annie' and some wreckage, including engine, was salvaged on 28.5.32. Regn cld 1.33 as
Ordered 2.30 by & regd G-AAXM [CofR 2546] 16.5.30 to William Lindsay Everard MP, Ratcliffe Hall; named
"The Leicestershire Fox". (Fitted with Gipsy III #3009). CofA 2551 issued 13.6.30. Damaged in accident at
Thurcaston, Leics 29.10.30 following forced landing to extinguish a fire on board in a smoke flare. The
successful landing was followed by a take-off when the aircraft struck wires and crashed into a brook; pilot Cyril
E Hurst was unhurt; the aircraft was repaired and CofA renewed 23.1.31. Departed Heston 11.9.32 (pilot
Winifred Spooner) on tour to Cairo & Transjordan. Regn cld 3.33 as sold abroad and CofA renewed 3.3.33.
Fitted with Gipsy Major [after accident?]. Regd in Belgium as OO-ANH [CofR 294] 1.9.33 to Edmond-Marcel
Gillieaux, Montignies-sur-Sambre [based Brussels]. Regn suspended 1.12.43. Presumably destroyed during
WWII and regn cld 5.2.48.
Regd G-AAXN [CofR 2547] 16.5.30 to Sqn Ldr Hylton Ralph Murray-Philipson, Stobo Castle, Peebles (supplied
by Brian Lewis & CD Barnard Ltd). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3014). CofA 2550 issued 14.6.30. On 22.6.30, the
acft was destroyed in an accident off The Goodwin Sands in the English Channel. En route Croydon to Paris,
the owner/pilot became lost in poor weather and whilst circling the French trawler 'Sirius', the wing tip struck the
water; all three on board picked up by trawler. Regn cld 6.30 as crashed.
Regd G-AAXT [CofR 2553] 5.30 to Norman Edward Holden, Norton Priory, nr Chichester. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3029). CofA 2586 issued 27.6.30. Flown by Edmund G Hordern on behalf of Holden in Kings Cup 7.30. Sold
6.34 to John W Rayner, Shipley and operated by Yorkshire Airways Ltd, t/a Yorkshire Aeroplane Club, Yeadon;
converted to dual control. Regd [CofR 5507] 20.12.34 to Yorkshire Airways Ltd; op by Yorkshire Aeroplane Club,
Yeadon. Regd [CofR 6254] 29.8.35 to The Hon Brian Lewis (Brian Lewis & Co Ltd), Aldenham. Regn cld 1.37









as sold. Regd in France as F-APZX [CofR 5264] 10.6.37 to Percy Meyer, Tananarive, Madagascar. Regn cld
Regd G-AAXU [CofR 2554] 14.6.30 to Frank Creswelde Williams, Broadwas Court, Worcester [based Heston].
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3015). CofA 2570 issued 20.6.30. Sold 3.31 and regd [CofR 3274] 25.6.31 to Richard
Ince, London NW (based Heston). Regn cld 3.32 as sold abroad. CofA renewed 18.4.32, following air-test at
Heston 9.4.32. Regd in Egypt as SU-ABE .32 to Misr-Airwork Ltd, Cairo.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe without engine; received Downsview 18.7.30 and test flown 23.7.30.
Regd CF-AGQ [CofR 910] 31.7.30 to Dougall Cushing [of Barron & Cushing], Westmount, Montreal. Operated
as a floatplane until forced landing with engine failure on Rosehill Reservoir, Toronto 24.7.35; rebuilt as
landplane. Ran into runway marker and damaged on landing New Hackensack, New York 11.9.36; to DHC for
repairs. Regd [CofR 910] 20.5.37 to Leavens Bros Air Services, Toronto. Suffered in-flight structural failure of
starboard wing and crashed near St Marys, Ontario 21.6.37 en route Toronto-Detroit; pilot Arthur D Leavens,
passengers Al Ogden and Charles Sockett killed. Regn cld 20.8.37.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe without engine; received Downsview 18.7.30 and test flown 25.7.30.
Regd CF-AGS [CofR 906] 24.7.30 to JR Paget [Divisional Engineer with Canadian Pacific Railway], Assiniboia,
Saskatchewan. Regn lapsed 24.6.32; renewed 26.10.32. Regn suspended 3.4.33; renewed. Damaged on
landing Swan Lake, Saskatchewan 5.4.35; repaired by 26.8.35 & regn renewed 3.9.35. Regn lapsed 2.9.36;
renewed. Regn withdrawn 13.7.37; renewed 20.5.38. Regn lapsed 19.5.39. Regd 20.6.40 to JA Coyne,
Edmonton. Regd 3.10.40 to ET Owen, HH Johnston & J Scheckter, Edmonton. Regd 14.11.40 to CC Hoover,
HH Johnston & J Scheckter, Edmonton. Regn lapsed 17.2.41, rebuild for CofR renewal abandoned.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe without engine; received Downsview 25.7.30 & test flown 1.8.30. Regd
CF-AGU [CofR 909] 9.8.30 to WC Van Horne and operated by Skyways Ltd, Toronto. Regn lapsed 11.1.33.
Regd [CofR 1308] 1.7.33 to Sam S Foley, CFI of and operated by Hamilton Aero Club, Hamilton, Ont. Regd
[CofR 1492] 26.9.34 to R Morency, Quebec City. Regd [CofR 1859] 2.12.36 to LA Fletcher, t/a LA Fletcher & Co
Flying Services, Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec. Regd [CofR 2033/A80] 21.7.37 to St Maurice Airways Ltd, Three
Rivers, Quebec [based Cap de la Madeleine]. CofR lapsed 29.12.37. Sold (but not regd) 12.3.38 to R Noury,
Ottawa. Regd [CofR 2235/A80] 26.5.38 to John Albulet, Ottawa. Regd [CofR 2444/A80] 27.5.39 to MA Viau,
Ottawa. CofR suspended 11.39. Sold to RCAF .39 and transferred to No.1(E) Depot, Toronto as instructional
airframe A44 27.2.40. To Technical Training School, St.Thomas 24.9.40. Soc 8.2.44 as reduced to spares.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe without engine; received Downsview 13.6.30 and test flown 16.6.30.
Regd CF-AGT [CofR 908] 31.7.30 to William M Archibald, [nominee for Consolidated Mining & Smelting Co of
Canada Ltd], Trail, BC. Regn lapsed 16.11.35; renewed. Regn lapsed 27.9.39. Sold 26.4.40 and regd 20.11.40
to Jack A Connell, Kimberley, BC [based Cranbrook, BC]. Regn suspended 24.8.41 as wfu after major
inspection. Sold 47/48 for conversion into snowmobile.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe fitted with Gipsy III #3038; received Downsview 1.8.30 and test flown
19.8.30. Regd CF-AGV [CofR 925] 2.9.30 to HG Marpole & WKG Lyman, Montreal. Regd CF-PEI [CofR 1098]
13.2.32 to Mrs ELM (Louise) Jenkins, Charlottetown, PEI and flown non-stop Montreal to Charlottetown 23.2.32
in record breaking 4 hr 8 min. Regd 17.11.32 to Canadian Airways Ltd, Montreal. Regd CF-AGV [CofR 1216]
23.9.33 to same owner. Forced landed Lake Matchi-Manitou c23.3.35. Sold (but not regd) 4.5.35 to De
Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Toronto. Regn lapsed 21.5.36; renewed 7.8.36. Regd [CofR 1850] 12.11.36 to
EB Hale, Burlington, Ont [and operated by Peninsula Airways, Hamilton, Ont][also new CofR 2037/A77 issued
23.7.37]. Regd [CofR 2237/A77] 16.5.38 to JF Copeland, LS Adams & FE Weeks, Smithvilles, Hamilton,
Ontario. Wfu after damage when hit a snowdrift on take-off Hamilton Bay, Ontario 26.2.39. Sold 10.11.39 to
Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club, Ont as instructional airframe. Subsequently given to Galt Aircraft Training
School, Ont.
Regd G-ABBS [CofR 2690] 4.7.30 to Flt Lt Edward Hedley Fielden as nominee for HRH The Prince of Wales.
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3039). CofA 2636 issued 28.7.30; dd 9.30. Last flown by Prince of Wales Hendon-Le
Bourget 16 or 17.1.31 prior to his departure to South America and returned to de Havilland Acft Co Ltd for sale.
Sold 1.31 and regd [CofR 3052] 3.31 to Sir Francis H Humphreys, High Commissioner for Iraq. Departed by air
to Baghdad from Croydon 31.3.31 flown by F/O John G Hawtry. Damaged Penjwin 21.5.31 and recovered to
Hinaidi next day. UK CofA lapsed 27.7.31. Regn cld 2.33 as sold - reportedly to Anglo-Persian Oil Co Ltd.
Operated 33/34 by Major Douglas William Gumbley, Director of Civil Aviation, Baghdad, Iraq. Regd G-ABBS
[CofR 4848] 2.34 [to unknown party but probably Major Gumbley]. Sold 7.34 and regd [CofR 5404] 23.10.34 to
Lady Lucy Joan Hoare, c/o British Legation, Teheran, Persia. Ferried 7.34 by Lady Hoare and Wing Cdr Ernest
L Howard-Williams from El Dekheila, Alexandria, Egypt to Baghdad, Iraq and then flown by Flt Lt Hawkings on to
Teheran; however, it suffered from air-locks at high level and was thus flown back to Baghdad after 10 days for
sale [and was replaced by DH.60GIII G-ACXK]. UK regn cld 12.34 as sold abroad. Regd YI-ABB (CofR 3)
8.5.35 to Gulzar Garabet (or Giarabett) Khanjian, Baghdad. Sold [reportedly late 34 – so above may be
nominee] to Col Sir John Chappell Ward, Port Director & Director General of Navigation, Basra [& who died
10.10.42]. Sold c.22.10.42 by his widow at Basra to Lord Apsley on behalf of Arab Legion, Transjordan and
purchased by a syndicate of Arab Legion officers for £P800, including Capt Hugh Cook [£P300]. Crashed into
wall on take-off avoiding passing bus at Kolundia Airport, nr Jerusalem 7.11.42; en route Amman, piloted by Lord
Apsley & Col Sir Gawain Bell. To 55 Repair & Salvage Unit, Ein Shimir 11.42. At RAF Amman (1.43) for repairs
at Arab Legion expense; to British Airways at Heliopolis (5.43) for repairs costing £P85 on back of potential sale
at £P750. Actually repaired by RAF Heliopolis [1.44] (for £P100) and then offered to Lady Apsley & Capt Hugh
Cook for £P550, to include settlement of Lord Apsley’s debt and repair costs (Lord Apsley having been killed in a
Halifax crash in Malta 17.12.42 returning to UK). The Air Ministry was requested 7.3.45 to sell at best price









obtainable and sold by them 1.46 for £225.12.9 [and, in 9.46, they wrote off Lord/Lady Apsley’s debt of
£577.10.9]. Flown by JI Parker of Middle East Comm Squadron, Heliopolis as YI-ABB [7.46 & 9.46]. Owned
[6.48] by Suleiman Aqeirub, Cairo. Iraqi regn cld 51/52. Still as YI-ABB, it was at Beirut, Lebanon 11.56 in use
by Arab Contracting & Trading Co for ground instruction without wings; fate not known. (See photo in Air
Pictorial 1.57 and article Air Pictorial 1.95).
To DH Australia with CofA 2670 issued 30.7.30; arr Freemantle 17.9.30, assembled Maylands and reflown
25.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3048). Regd VH-UPC [CofR 402] 7.10.30 to Wings Ltd, Perth; named
"Fleetwing" [by Lady Mayoress of Freemantle 29.9.30]. Suffered in-flight wing failure and crashed near Chidlowe
Wells in the Darling Ranges, 30ml from Perth 13.10.30; killing Capt Charles H Nesbit (MD of Wings), William R
Bell & Miss Haidee Rae. Regn cld 23.10.30.
To DH Australia with CofA 2671 issued 29.7.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3030). Sold 24.9.30 to Qantas & test
flown 26.9.30 (by H de Havilland). Regd VH-UPA [CofR 399/CofA 352] 29.9.30 to QANTAS Ltd, Brisbane (dd
same day). CofR temporarily suspended 23.9.32-20.7.33. Regd 10.12.34 to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd,
Brisbane. Regd 15.6.37 to TH McDonald, t/a North Queensland Airways, Cairns, Qld. Regd [.37] to North
Queensland Airlines Pty Ltd, Cairns. Badly damaged in forced landing en route Townsville to Cairns 11.6.38;
pilot WC Wiltshire & 2 passengers unhurt. Regd 19.12.38 to (on purchase of fleet by) Airlines of Australia Ltd,
Sydney [based Cairns, Qld]. Rebuilt and CofA renewed 25.1.39. Sold 2.8.39 & regd 9.1.40 to Roy Lionel
Beresford, Euld, Qld (later Cunnamulla). Sold 18.7.45 and regd 28.7.45 to Horace Hayes, Bega, NSW; CofA
renewed Mascot 31.7.45. Operated by Marshall Airways, Mascot 1.46-6.46. Regd 4.6.46 to GK Bolton t/a
Cairns Flying Service, Cairns. Sold 25.7.47 and regd 24.11.47 to Australian Air Traders Pty Ltd, Sydney. Regd
11.10.48 to Methodist Inland Mission (Rev RA Lyons), Camooweal, Qld (Alice Springs wef 9.5.49); named "TC
Rentoul". Re-regd VH-ABU 20.10.48 to same owner (because it replaced DH.83 VH-ABU and the Mission were
"known throughout the Inland as ABU"). Regd 18.5.50 to Charles Daniel Pratt, Essendon. Regd 23.7.51 to CD
& LF Pratt Pty Ltd (Charles Pratt), Essendon. Wfu Essendon 15.9.58. Sold c.58 to Roly McKenzie and roaded
to Thomastown, Melbourne for storage. Regn cld 7.61. Sold .65 to ER “Bob” Burnett-Read, Adelaide for rebuild
but stored at various locations in Adelaide. Sold .71 to B Allen. Sold .71 to C Batty. Sold [mid 70s] to Barry
Bell, Berwick, Vic. Regn VH-UPA reserved 31.1.75 by Barry Bell, Mount Waverley, Melbourne. Sold [.79] to
Clive H Phillips, Heidelberg, Victoria and regn reserved 31.7.82. Sold .84 to John L Pettit, Newtown, Vic; for
long-term rebuild by him at Wooloomanata Homestead, nr Geelong (new wings built by Colin Smith/Croydon
Aircraft Co). Sold 5.08 to Hinkler House Memorial & Research Association, Hinkler Hall of Aviation, Bundaberg,
Qld; rebuild completed by Ian Watson and on display wef 12.08 painted as CF-APK.
To DH Australia with CofA 2720 issued 10.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3085). Regd VH-UPN [CofR 411]
11.11.30 to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot; test flown 13.11.30 (by Hereward de Havilland). Used as
demonstrator, CofA 360 issued 21.11.30. Badly damaged in ground loop on landing on Gerringong Beach
4.4.31; pilot H de Havilland; repaired. Regn suspended 23.9.32 and restored 17.2.33. Sold 2.5.33 to and regd
30.8.33 to C Arthur Butler, Sydney (based Mascot; later Cootamundra). Sold 14.8.35 & regd 28.8.35 to Robert C
Godsall, Bellvue Hill, Sydney, NSW; named "Skylark". Sold for £750 & regd 10.8.40 to Roy Maxwell Edwards,
Darwin. CofA lapsed 9.41 and stored. Destroyed in Japanese bombing of the Guinea Airways hangar at Parap
Airfield, Darwin 19.2.42. Regn cld 19.5.42.
Regd G-AAXI [CofR 2539] 26.5.30 to Sqn Ldr Charles Sandford Wynne-Eyton, London WC2 (based Hanworth).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3010). Built as a special long range single-seater for transatlantic crossing from Harbour
Grace to Baldonnel. No CofA recorded & shipped to Canada. Whilst taking-off from Lester Field, St.Johns,
Newfoundland on its positioning flight to Harbour Grace for Atlantic attempt, it nose-dived into the ground from 40
ft 6.7.30 and was destroyed by fire; Sqn Ldr Wynne-Eyton was not badly injured. Regn cld 2.31 as crashed.
Regd G-AAZY [CofR 2626] 10.6.30 to George Thornton-Norris, [Aviation Manager of Selfridge & Co Ltd], Stag
Lane [as nominee for Baron de Precourt, Paris]. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3023). CofA 2609 issued 3.7.30.
Crashed Petit Clamart, Paris 5.7.30, shortly after take-off from Villacoublay in bad weather and dbf, killing Baron
de Precourt [director of Schreck Aeroplanes], mechanic Ballet and passenger Comte Etienne de Roye. Regn
cld 12.30 as crashed.
Regd G-AAXV [CofR 2555] 6.30 to Leon Charles Desoutter, London NW3 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy
III #3024). CofA 2634 issued 5.7.30. Regd [CofR 3287] 7.31 to (unknown party). Regd [CofR 3326] 7.31 to The
Parker Pen Co Ltd, Heston (later Croydon) and operated jointly with their advertising agents First International
Agency with “Parker Duofold” logos. Flown by AS d'Ydewalle on 30,000 mile European tour 8.31-10.31. Regd
[CofR 6715] 8.2.36 to Christopher Martin Charlewood Turner, Hawkinge (based Lympne). Flown by Turner to
Cape Town, departing Croydon 25.5.36. Regn cld 3.37 as sold. Regd in South Africa as ZS-AIB 24.10.36.
Crashed 20.2.40.
Regd G-AAXW [CofR 2556] 6.30 to Arens Controls Ltd, London SW1 (based Heston and flown by their MD, LH
Freeman). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3025). CofA 2595 issued 27.6.30. Entered by Roy Faulkner (owner of Arens)
in Kings Cup 7.30. Flown on record breaking flight (on Arens behalf) by Capt Charles D Barnard from LympneMalta [Hal Far]-Croydon 31.7.30-1.8.30; (13 hrs out; 14.5 hrs back). Also Lympne-Tangier-Croydon 25-26.8.30
(10.30 hours out; 10.55 hrs back). Trials at Farnborough 10.4.31 to 24.6.31 of Arens Controls (a system using a
push-pull single control wire). Regd [CofR 3438] 9.31 to (brothers) Flt Lt Leslie Stuart Hamilton & Kenneth A
Hamilton, Dulwich (based Hanworth). They left Lympne 27.10.31 en route Australia but acft damaged in forced
landing at Tullin, Vienna in fog later same day; returned to UK 2.11.31. Second attempt commenced 18.2.32 but
crashed in fog into hillside nr Ruvo di Puglia, Apulia, Italy next day (this time flown by Flt Lt Leslie S Hamilton and
F/O Robert K Coupland). Airframe returned to UK 3.32 after local repairs by Romeo in Naples were abandoned.
Regd [CofR 4580] 5.7.33 to Lt Col Sir Henry Claude “Harry” Moorhouse, Chievely, Newbury [based Hanworth].












However the CofA was not renewed beyond 22.7.32 and it is thus possible it was not rebuilt. Regn cld 4.37 as
Regd G-AAXX [CofR 2557] 6.30 to Eustace Watkins, London W1 (based Heston). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3036).
CofA 2547 issued 15.7.30. Regd [CofR 3260] 6.31 to Ralph William Ernest Beckett, The Rt Hon Baron
Grimthorpe, Easthorpe Hall, Malton, Yorks. Regd [CofR 3430] 9.31 to British Aviation Insurance Co Ltd, London
EC3 (based Stag Lane). Sold 6.32 & regd [CofR 3851] 7.32 to The British Air Navigation Co Ltd, Heston. Regd
[CofR 4621] 2.8.33 to Frederick Alan Irving Muntz (of Airwork Ltd), Heston. Sold 9.34 on CofA renewal 15.9.34
and regn cld 12.34 as sold. Regd in Argentina as R290 14.10.35 to Guillermo Orr, Quilmes, Pcia de Buenos
Aires (reportedly now fitted GIII #3034, but since this was in c/n 2034, probably an error). Regd LV-RCA
10.11.37 to Pedro Montes. Regd (12.47) to Aero Club Chaco, Resistencia; still regd 10.50. Probably rebuilt .56.
Regd 27.8.56 to Boleslao (or Robeslao) Wilchinsky, Mendoza. Crashed Estancia El Mirador, Arboledas,
Buenos Aires 14.3.58 due to owner/pilot error and completely destroyed. CofA lapsed 18.11.58 but regn not cld
for some years.
Regd G-AAXY [CofR 2558] 6.30 to Shell-Mex Co Ltd, Croydon (and flown by RR Bentley). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3043). CofA 2587 issued 25.7.30. Regd [CofR 3603] 2.32 to Shell-Mex & BP Ltd, Croydon (later Heston).
Sold c12.33 (unconfirmed). Regd [CofR 6840] 19.3.36 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands. Regd [CofR
7199] 21.7.36 to Ivor Hardy List, Stoke-on-Trent and Bernard William Basil “Bill” Orton, Harrow [based
Brooklands]; named "Jacksie". For sale 8.37. Regd [CofR 8793] 6.10.38 to Count Theodore Zichy, London W1
(based Brooklands). Cld 24.6.39 & regd 5.7.39 to Capt Thomas William Gracey, London SW1 (based
Brooklands). CofA lapsed 28.3.40. Regn cld 2.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed 25.3.41 as DJ711.
Operated by ATA White Waltham. To DH Witney 10.7.42 for overhaul and soc as reduced to spares there
Regd G-AAXZ [CofR 2559] 6.30 to Lt-Cdr George Pearson Glen Kidston, London SW1 (based Stag Lane).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3027). CofA 2608 issued 27.6.30. Possibly based in East Africa (although when Kidston
was killed in crash of ZS-ACC 5.5.31, this Puss was offered for sale by Glasgow solicitors the same month.)
Regd [CofR 3262] 6.31 to Mrs Joan Fairlie, London SW7 (based Heston & [possibly operated by Personal Flying
Service Ltd). Operated 3.32 and regd [CofR 3752] 5.32 to British Air Navigation Co Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR
4559] 21.6.33 to Henlys Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 4642] 22.8.33 to John Lister Shand, Heston. Regd [CofR
5331] 31.8.34 to Wrightson Aircraft Sales Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 7146] 25.6.36 to Guy William Valentine,
Umtali, Southern Rhodesia. UK CofA lapsed 27.9.36 and regn cld 5.37 as wfu.
Regd G-AAYA [CofR 2560] 6.30 to The Hon Lady Mary Bailey, London W1 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3033). CofA 2623 issued 12.7.30. Experimetally fitted with skis at Stag Lane late 30/early 31. Fitted
with Gipsy Major #5046 and departed Croydon 15.1.33 for South Africa record attempt. Forced landed 12 mls
SW of Babau [also reported as Tahoua], Niger 16.1.33. Departed 20.1.33 on return to England and arrived back
14.2.33. Still owned by Lady Bailey 7.33. Regd [CofR 5837] 26.4.35 to Royal Air Force Flying Club, Hatfield.
Regd [CofR 8051] 12.8.37 to Anthony Ord Humble-Smith, Wimborne, Dorset (based Christchurch & probably
operated by his company, Air Charters Ltd). Cld 27.1.39 & regd 8.2.39 to John E Coxon t/a Southern Motor &
Aircraft Co, Gatwick (transferred to Southern Motor (Gatwick) Ltd 17.2.39. Cld 21.3.39 & regd 30.3.39 to Robert
Arnold Crothers Sumner, Wokinmg (based Brooklands). Permit for ferry Sywell to Brooklands for storage
27.1.40. Damaged beyond repair Brooklands 9.9.40 (probably 4.9.40) when hangar collapsed following enemy
raid. Regn cld 14.11.45 at census.
To DH India with CofA 2674 issued 25.7.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3042). Regd VT-ABJ 1.31 to unknown party.
Regd [CofR 122] 3.11.31 to Bhaba Deb Mukerjee, Barranagar (based Dum Dum). Badly damaged in crash on
landing Lucknow 20.2.32 during Viceroy's Cup Race [repaired?]; also reported as crashed after striking turning
pylon at Cawnpore.; Mukerjee suffered broken ankle Regn cld as unserviceable 9.34.
Note VT-ADU was regd 14.1.33 to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd with c/n 2032; it is thus possible that VT-ADU
was a rebuild incorporating the fuselage of c/n 2032, since VT-ADU was subsequently referred to as c/n 2099R,
a rebuild of VT-ACF.
Regd G-AAYB [CofR 2561] 6.30 to the Hon David Francis Tennant, London WC2 (based Stag Lane); but not
del’d. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3035). Regd [CofR 2739] 15.7.30 to Lt-Cdr Patrick Geoffrey Tremayne Rodd RN,
London SW3 (based Brooklands). CofA 2593 issued 17.7.30. Crashed on take off from frozen lake St.Moritz,
Switzerland 31.1.33; killing owner/pilot, passenger Charles Schaer injured. Regn cld 12.33 as wfu.
Regd G-AAYK [CofR 2571] 5.30 to Capt Allen Aitchison Havelock Charles, Waltham Abbey. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3034). CofA 2640 issued 11.7.30. Regd [CofR 3428] 15.9.31 to [Charles' company] British Air Transport Ltd,
Croydon. Crashed on landing Heston 1.4.32; pilot R Bliss injured. Regn cld 1.33 as wfu.
Regd G-AAYC [CofR 2562] 27.5.30 to Major Albert Alexander Nathan, London EC2 (based Stag Lane; later
Hatfield wef 11.34). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3026). CofA 2583 issued 28.6.30. Crashed some time after last CofA
renewal on 9.5.39. Regn cld 1.12.46 in census.
Regd G-AAYD [CofR 2563] 5.30 to (unknown party, but probably Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3040). Entered for Kings Cup Air Race 5.7.30 by Walter Hope of Air Taxis but withdrawn, presumably because
it was not ready. Regd [CofR 2755] 18.7.30 to Capt Walter Laurence Hope, Kenton, Middlesex and operated by
his company Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane [later Croydon]. CofA 2585 issued 19.7.30. Crashed Crowthorne,
Edgworth Moor, nr Bolton 15.11.35, flying newspapers from Manchester to Isle of Man; pilot unhurt. Regn cld
12.35 as wfu.
Regd G-AAYE [CofR 2564] 26.5.30 to Alfred Charles Morris Jackaman, Slough (based Heston); named "Peridot
IV". (Fitted with Gipsy III #3037). CofA 2648 issued 25.7.30. Winner of Siddeley Challenge Trophy 25.7.31.
Regn cld 11.32 as sold - probably overseas. Possibly shipped to Australia in 1932, since engine serial plate for










Gipsy III #3037 was found in Adelaide (.07), but not regd because the Puss Moth CofA was revoked in Australia
Regd G-AAFA [CofR 1904] 23.5.30 to Flt Lt Maxwell Hutcheon Findlay, Hanworth (as nominee for Belgian,
Georges Hanet, Brussels). [The use of the out-of-sequence regn, initially allocated 3.29, cannot presently be
explained]. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3028). CofA 2607 issued 27.6.30. Winner of Belgian Coupe Challenge
International 28.9.30. Probably the Puss Moth which crashed Lympne 20.6.31; pilot Hanet. Still owned by
Hanet 6.33. Regd [CofR 7219] 28.7.36 to John Charles William Fitzroy, His Grace the 9th Duke of Grafton,
Euston Hall, Thetford [and who was killed in a motor racing accident 4.8.36]. Regn cld 10.36 as sold abroad with
CofA renewed 15.10.36. Regd in Sweden as SE-AFH [CofR 148/CofA 202] 24.10.36 to Svensk Flygtjanst AB,
Stockholm. Regd 24.11.37 to LM Giertz, Stockholm. Regd 1.38 to G Gustafsson, Uppsala [based Stockholm].
Regd 9.5.39 to N Turing, Enskede. Regd 12.9.46 to HB Faurschou, Vendelso (based Bromma). Regd 2.4.51 to
G Forsberg, PE Olsson & JA Aslund, Sandviken. Regn 17.10.51 to H Liljedahl, Gallivare. Regd 7.5.52 to Knut
Liljedahl, Gallivare. CofA lapsed 4.11.52 and regn cld 21.2.58. To store near Stockholm in mid-50's and still in
store Bromma .80. Bought .09 by Curt & Stefan Sandberg and stored pending rebuild which commenced 2012
at Hatunaholm, N of Stockholm. Regn reserved 14.11.16 by Stefan C Sandberg, Bro; nearing completion .16 &
fitted with Gipsy Major 10.
To DH Canada as unassembled airframe without engine; received Downsview 1.8.30 and test flown 19.8.30.
Regd CF-AGW [CofR 927] 21.8.30 to Consolidated Mining & Smelting Co of Canada Ltd, Winnipeg; named
“Murphy” [and based Trail, BC]. Regd 9.6.35 to Mrs M Muncaster (with husband Phil Muncaster), Calgary [and
operated by Advance Air Service]. Regd [CofR 1657] 29.1.36 to E Boffa, Lethbridge, Alberta. Regn suspended
31.3.36. CofA withdrawn 13.7.37; renewed 22.11.37. Regd 18.12.37 to same owner. Regd [CofR 2205/A172]
26.2.38 to DV Patry, Edmonton [but aircraft not accepted as needed reconditioning]. Regn lapsed 26.3.39. Sold
7.12.39 to EC Darling, Edmonton. Fate unknown and last sale possibly ntu.
Regd G-ABCX [CofR 2733] 7.30 to The Fairey Aviation Co Ltd, Hayes (based Great West Aerodrome). (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3049). CofA 2654 issued 18.8.30. Used by Faireys for infra-red photographic trials. Regd [CofR
7096] 25.5.36 to Phillips & Powis Aircraft Ltd, Woodley. Final CofA renewal 25.2.38. Flown Hucknall to
Farnborough and return 26.3.38 by Flt Lt Heyworth & Mr Gibson. Regn cld 4.38 as sold abroad. Regd in
Portuguese Angola as CR-HAA .38 to Dr Antonio Videira; named “Talvez”. [Also reported as owned .38 by
Adelino Amaral]. Regd CR-LAH. Crashed.
Regd G-AAXO [CofR 2548] 5.30 to Capt Geoffrey de Havilland, Stanmore (based Stag Lane); for Kings Cup Air
Race 7.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3019). CofA 2577 issued 26.6.30. Regd [CofR 2940] 12.30 to George Donald
Mallinson, Brighouse, Yorks (based Sherburn-in-Elmet; Yeadon wef 9.31). Regd [CofR 3632] 2.32 to Edward
Leslie Burgin MP, London WC1 as nominee for M Meny, Paris. Sold [4.34] to Flt Lt The Most Hon The
Marquess of Douglas & Clydesdale, Heston/Dungavel. Regd [CofR 5641] 22.2.35 to Hon Brian Lewis (Brian
Lewis & Co Ltd), Heston. Regd [CofR 6099] 22.7.35 to Gerald Cohen, Glasgow (based Renfrew). Regd [CofR
7688] 19.2.37 to The Hon Brian Lewis (Brian Lewis & Co Ltd), Aldenham. Regn cld 1Q.38 as sold abroad.
Regd [CofR 8499] 10.5.38 to Charles Saint John Collier, London WC2 (based Doncaster/Hanworth). Operated
by CL Air Surveys, Southampton on Ordnance Survey contract. Operated .39 by Surrey Flying Services Ltd,
Croydon. Moved to Weston-super-Mare on outbreak of war for operation by NAC. Regn cld 4.4.40 as sold. To
5 S of TT, Locking 5.4.40. Impressed as X9404 10.5.40 (from Surrey F/Svs). Transferred to 12 S of TT
Melksham 8.11.40 as instructional airframe 2305M.
Regd G-AAZM [CofR 2613] 5.30 to Lt Henry Maitland King RN, RAF Leuchars (as replacement for DH60X
G-EBWL). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3031). CofA 2629 issued 7.7.30. Regd [CofR 3024] 2.31 to Henry Nigel St
Valery Norman [of Airwork Ltd], Heston. Regd [CofR 3654] 3.32 to Stanley Davenport, London WC1 (based
Heston) [swopped for G-AAZN - see 2043]. Regd [CofR 4588] 7.7.33 to Henry Stanley Whiteside, London SW1
(based Heston). Regn cld 25.7.33 as sold abroad. Regd in Argentina as R258 2.3.34 to C Taylor, Buenos Aires.
Regd [9.36] to Fernando Felix Alberto Tornquist. Regd LV-RBA 10.11.37 to same owner. Regd (12.47) to Juan
Roberto Ross, Buenos Aires. Still regd 8.50. Regd (5.67) to E Martin Tornquist, Buenos Aires.
Regd G-AAZN [CofR 2614] 6.30 to Brian Lewis & CD Barnard Ltd, Heston (used for demonstrations). (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3078). CofA 2588 issued 6.9.30. Regd [CofR 3037] 3.31 to Stanley Davenport, London WC1
(based Heston). Regd [CofR 3758] 5.32 to Henry Nigel St Valery Norman [of Airwork Ltd], Heston [see
comments on 2042]. Regd [CofR 4934] 26.3.34 to Geoffrey Heap Turner, Rochdale (based Barton); dd 14.3.34.
Crashed in thick fog Rough Stone Farm, between Bradnop and Ipstones, near Leek, Staffs 23.11.34 en route
Heston to Barton; killing owner/pilot. Regn cld 11.34 as wfu.
Supplied to Air Ministry as K1824 under Contract No.54344/30 with civilian CofA 2896 issued 27.10.30 to The Air
Council. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3125). Purchased for trials by RAF as de luxe high speed communications acft.
Delivered 12.30 for evaluation at Martlesham Heath; still there 2.31. To AOC Inland Area and Home Command
Communications Flight, Henlow 16.4.31 [still operated 18.5.32]. To 'E' Flight, RAE Farnborough 6.10.32 (or
26.9.32/3.10.32) for static tests following a series of Puss Moth accidents. Soc 3.11.32. Still being used for
tests 5.33. Mainplanes (at least) used for destructive tests 10/11.34.
Regd G-AAZO [CofR 2615] 6.30 to Lt John Reginald Bryans RN, Fort Grange, Gosport. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3041). CofA 2628 issued 23.7.30. Regd [CofR 3750] 5.32 to The Scottish Flying Club Ltd, Renfrew. Regd
[CofR 6021] 29.6.35 to John Peter Wakefield, London W1 (based Brooklands [also Kendal?]). Regd [CofR
6603] 18.12.35 to Cinque Ports Flying Club Ltd, Lympne. Cld 28.1.39 & regd 1.2.39 to John Ernest Coxon, t/a
Southern Motors & Aircraft, Gatwick (later Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd). Cld 3.8.39 & regd 11.8.39 to
International Air Freight Ltd, Croydon (later Cardiff). Cld 16.1.40 & regd 19.1.40 to The Hon Mrs Mildred Mary
(Victor) Bruce, Cardiff and used by Air Dispatch Ltd on behalf of NAC. Regn cld 23.7.40 as sold. Impressed as







AX870 23.7.40. Operated by Training Ferry Pilots Pool, White Waltham. Wfu following damage on landing
Swindon 18.6.41 when it struck a parked tar-sprayer. Soc 1.7.41.
To Frank D Mill t/a Air Survey & Transport Co Ltd, New Zealand with CofA 2696 issued 19.8.30. (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3054). Regd ZK-ABG 11.11.30 (although incorrectly painted as ZK-AAG 10.30). First flight following
erection 1.11.30. Sold (8.31) to Rotorua Airways Ltd; named "Te Arawa". Damaged in forced landing short of
fuel Fernside, near Rangiora 19.3.34; pilot Sqn Ldr AJ Butler & passenger unhurt. Regd to NZ Airways Ltd,
Timaru and rebuilt; reflown 7.5.34. To WR Willmott, Timaru. To AJ McIntosh, Invercargill [error for next entry?].
Regd [CofR 103] 13.1.38 to AJ Bradshaw t/a Southland Airways; Fleet No.4; named "Hikioi" (later renamed
"Faith in New Zealand"). Impressed into RNZAF as NZ594 8.6.42 (or 16.6.42). Regd 24.4.46 (or 15.5.46) as
ZK-AJW to Angus J McIntosh, Invercargill. Ditched in fog off Oamaru Beach 25.8.48, en route Invercargill to
Christchurch; McIntosh missing [some wreckage found 28.8.48]. Regn cld 28.10.48.
Regd G-AAZP [CofR 2616] 4.6.30 to Miss Diana C Guest, London W1 (based Hanworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3020). CofA 2578 issued 24.6.30. Regd [CofR 2802] 9.30 to John Lister (Jack) Shand (of Airwork Ltd), East
Knoyle (based Heston/East Knoyle). Operated in Almaza, Egypt 6.31 and chartered to Imperial Airways Ltd in
Persia for survey work [pilot Dudley Travers]. Regn cld 8.32 as sold abroad. Regd SU-AAC 6.32 to Misr Airwork
Ltd, Almaza, Egypt. Flown in First Oasis Rally 18/24.12.33 by Ahmed Salem. Sold 4.36 to Man Mohan Singh
and flown to India. Flown from India to UK 7-8.36 by Man Mohan Singh. Regd G-AAZP [CofR 7523] 10.12.36 to
Man Mohan Singh, London SW16 (based Croydon). CofA renewed 6.1.37. Regd [CofR 8159] 22.10.37 to
Joseph Patrick Reidy, London W1 (based Broxbourne). Regd [CofR 8436] 6.4.38 to John Ernest Coxon, t/a
Southern Motor & Aircraft Co, London SE15 (based Croydon; later Hamsey Green). Regd [CofR 8705] 16.8.38
to Horace George Everitt, Knowle Hall, Warks (based Leamington Spa/Castle Bromwich; later Elmdon). CofA
lapsed 24.11.39. Regn cld 27.9.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as HL537 30.9.41. Overhauled at DH
Witney and delivered to RAF Hawarden 7.2.42. To 38 MU Llandow 4.5.42 and issued to ATA White Waltham
17.5.42. To General Aircraft Ltd, Hanworth as communications hack 24.7.42. To Gatwick 8.9.42. Soc 11.9.42,
but to Herts & Essex Aviation and overhauled. To RAF Farnborough 8.12.42 and on charge at Stn Flt
Eastchurch by 31.12.42. To RAF Wattisham 3.5.43 and reverted to ATA White Waltham 31.7.43. To RAF
Doncaster 16.6.44 until to storage at 5 MU Kemble 27.3.46. Sold 8.10.46 to F Bingham (of Southampton
Aircraft Services). Regd G-AAZP 20.11.46 to Autowork (Winchester) Ltd, Eastleigh. CofA renewed 20.6.49.
New CofR No.R309 issued .50. Operated by Vivian H Bellamy t/a Flightways, Eastleigh .51. Cld 15.8.51 & regd
21.8.51 to Mrs Edna Mabel Bianchi (Personal Plane Services), Ashford Common, Middx (based White
Waltham). Cld 28.3.52 & regd 31.3.52 to Geoffrey Warren Hall, Shrivenham, Wilts (based Kidlington/Swindon).
Cld 4.6.52 & regd 6.6.52 to Geoffrey Warren Hall, Shrivenham & Clifford Bannister Allen, Reading (based
Woodley/Mount Farm).
Cld 10.3.56 & regd 16.3.56 (back) to Geoffrey Warren Hall (based
Thruxton/Shrivenham). Deld 16.9.61 & regd 21.9.61 to The de Havilland (Chester) Social & Athletic Club,
Hawarden (with various nominee names - Stanley Brown/Charles Douglas Smith 21.9.61-11.12.63; Charles
Douglas Smith/John Barrington Shone 6.2.64-1.10.64; Thomas Ian Sutton/John Barrington Shone 8.4.65-1.5.66;
Thomas Ian Sutton/Ray Jones 30.6.66; Thomas Ian Sutton/ Barry James Champion 13.2.75). Cld & regd
21.10.77 to David Alan Williams (the CFI of DH Chester Club), Upton-by-Chester (based Hawarden). Cld 8.8.79
& regd 22.8.79 to Geoffrey Roy Mollison, Bolton (based Barton). Cld 19.10.82 & regd 2.11.82 to Robert Pennell
(Tim) Williams, Denford Manor, Hungerford; named 'British Heritage'. Rebuilt by Newbury Aeroplane Co,
Hungerford .83/84. Flown by Williams and Henry Labouchere from Mildenhall to Melbourne, Australia 21.10.84 15.12.84 to commemorate 50th anniversary of MacRobertson Race. Displayed at Drage's Aeroworld Museum,
Wodonga .85, returned to UK by sea; arriving Tilbury 23.2.86.
To DH Canada without CofA; received Downsview 13.9.30 and test flown 18.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3062).
Regd CF-AGY [CofR 949] 6.11.30 to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Toronto. Probably the DH.80A
loaned to Canadian Airways Ltd for air mail trials in Eastern Canada and based Montreal 11.30-22.12.30. Regd
7.1.31 to FL Tretheway, Toronto [hired for business/vacation trip to Florida]. Regd 10.2.31 [back] to De Havilland
Aircraft of Canada Ltd. Regd [CofR 1129] 28.5.32 to Rancher's Air Line Ltd, Lethbridge, Alberta. Regn lapsed
9.5.34. Regd [CofR 1529] 4.2.35 to Prairie Airways Ltd, Moose Jaw, Sask. CofA withdrawn 13.7.37; regd [CofR
2134/A.126] 19.11.37 to same owner. Regd 4.6.40 to AJ Elliott, Moose Jaw. Regd 23.8.41 to GJ Gibbs,
Regina, Sask. Regd 13.4.42 to GJ Gibbs & JG Findlay, Regina. Regn lapsed 1.5.42 and wfu 10.42 due to
wartime restrictions. Flown 4.44 to Watrous, Sask for storage. Sold 5.10.44 to HG Hamilton, Regina; regn
application 9.5.45 not proceeded with. Sold [but not regd and probably not completed] .45 to CC Thompson,
Weyburn, Saskatchewan. Sold [but not regd] .46 to DC Price, Indian Head, Saskatchewan. Converted into
To DH Canada without CofA; received Downsview 13.9.30 and test flown 27.4.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3059).
Regd CF-APK [CofR 980] 29.4.31 to Sqn Ldr HJL "Bert" Hinkler, Toronto; named "Karohi" [delivered 9.5.31].
Flown from Toronto to England departing 20.10.31 and became the first ever aircraft to cross the South Atlantic,
west to east, and longest non-stop lightplane flight [25/26.11.31]. Left New York 26.10.31 non-stop to Kingston,
Jamaica 27.10.31 (18 hrs 15 min), then Maracaibo, Venezuela; Natal, Brazil [left 25.11.31]; Bathurst, Gambia; St
Louis, Senegal; Casablanca; Madrid, Paris, arriving Hanworth 7.12.31. Hinkler was awarded 1931 Segrave
Memorial Trophy for this flight. Regn lapsed 7.5.32 and stored Hendon. Overhauled and fitted with Gipsy Major;
test flown 7.11.32 and CofA renewed 28.11.32. Departed Hayes 7.1.33 on Australian flight but crashed in Prato
Magna Alps, nr Arezzo, Italy same day following structural failure of wing in turbulence at 6,500 ft en route;
pioneer aviator Hinkler died from his injuries and exposure and the wreck was not found until 28.4.33. Regn cld
To WD Batsholts, Switzerland with CofA 2700 issued 29.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3066). Regd CH-261









19.9.30 [10.9.30?] to WD Batsholts, Geneva. Regd .31 to Topsy-Club, Geneva-Cointrin. Regn cld (by 7.31).
Returned to Croydon [presumably for sale] and flown [as CH-261] Croydon-Paris-Malmo/Bulltofta-Barkarby
11.5.31 by new owner Kurt Bjorkvall. Damaged in forced landing Olstorp, nr Nassjo 22.5.31; to ASJA for repairs,
completed 11.8.31. Regd SE-ACU [CofR 88/CofA 139] 26.8.31 to Kurt Bjorkvall, Stockholm [based Barkarby]
and painted up as “eagle” with feathers on wings and bird body along fuselage.
Bjorkvall dep
Stockholm/Barkarby 27.11.31 on flight to Monrovia, Liberia via Hamburg-Amsterdam-Paris-Lyon-BarcelonaAlicante-Rabat-Casablanca-Agadir-Cap Juby-Villa Cisneros-Dakar-Bathurst-Conakry, arriving Monrovia 10.12.31
and returned to Stockholm 30.12.31. CofA cld 26.5.34. Regd 6.7.35 to Thorsten Johansson, Norrkoping; CofA
renewed 14.9.35. Regd 16.4.37 to A-W Ahlin, Sala. Crashed Malaren, nr Vasteras 30.1.38 and regn cld .38.
Regd G-ABDW [CofR 2774] 23.8.30 to Capt Froude Ridler Matthews, Highgate, London N6 (based Stag Lane).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3076). CofA 2734 issued 11.9.30. Built as "Special DH machine" and flown by Matthews
departing Croydon for Darwin 16.9.30; damaged in forced landing at night Banmee 100 ml N of Muang
Don/Bangkok, Thailand 23.9.30; repaired & restarted 9.10.30; arrived Darwin 18.10.30. Forced landed Lismore
27.10.30 and badly damaged. Rebuilt and intended to be used by Capt Matthews to fly back to England. He
departed Sydney 27.12.30 and proposed leaving Port Darwin 3.1.31 but flight delayed and attempt abandoned
14.1.31 due to bad weather and finally cancelled 31.1.31 (or 1.2.31) following wing spar damage during test
flight. Shipped to Sydney for repairs; arr 22.2.31. Intended then to be shipped to Calcutta for Karachi-UK flight
but probably not shipped. UK regn cld 12.33 as wfu. Regd in Australia as VH-UQB [CofR 425] 27.5.31 to
Douglas Fraser Shepherd, Bondi. NSW. CofA 388 issued 7.8.31. Regn suspended 23.9.32. Sold 21.2.33 and
regd 2.3.33 to HR Clarke, Sydney. Sold (but not regd) 12.7.34 to Daniel Vincent Clifton, Sydney. Sold 27.7.34 &
regd 12.9.34 to NW Croucher, c/o Shell Co of Australia Ltd, Ayr, Qld. Regd 20.5.36 to GP Hoskins & James
Carr Pollock, Mascot (and operated by Royal Aero Club of NSW). Damaged when struck heap of stones &
overturned Peak Hill, NSW 15.7.36; pilot JC Pollock; repaired. Regd 21.8.36 to James Carr Pollock, Mascot and
used 8.37 by Donald Mackay Aerial Survey Expedition in Central Australia. CofA lapsed 2.6.38. Sold 13.7.39 &
regd 21.7.39 to Royal Aero Club of NSW. CofA lapsed 22.2.41. Sold 1.11.44 to Sid D Marshall, t/a Marshall
Airways, Bankstown for rebuild. Regn cld 17.10.47; regd 14.11.47 to same owner. Damaged on landing
Newcastle, NSW 22.5.53. Regn cld as wfu 11.1.55; regd 23.12.55 to same owner. Regd 18.12.59 to Marshall
Airways, Bankstown. Wfu .71 and stored Bankstown. Regd 17.5.72 to Sid D Marshall, Bankstown. Regn cld
30.3.73; sold to UK via Hendon Aeroplane Co. Purchased by Strathallan Aircraft Collection 8.73 and returned to
UK 4.74. Regd G-ABDW 25.3.77 to Strathallan Collection but not rebuilt to airworthy condition. Sold at auction
14.7.81 and acquired by the Royal Scottish Museum/Museum of Flight, East Fortune for £7,500. Cld 7.12.81 on
sale and regn cld 21.1.82 as pwfu. On display .16, still painted as VH-UQB.
First flown 25.8.30 and to DH Australia on behalf of Qantas with CofA 2672 issued 27.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3067). Erected Eagle Farm, Brisbane and flown 24.10.30. Regd VH-UPM [CofR 410] 7.11.30 to New England
Airways Ltd, Lismore, NSW; named "Miss Lismore". Inflight wing failure and crashed Myocum, nr Byron Bay,
20m NNE Lismore, NSW 18.9.32; killing all 3 on board; (pilot Ralph Virtue plus Capt Les Holden & Dr George R
Hamilton). Regn cld 23.9.32.
To DH Australia with CofA 2673 issued 26.8.30, having first flown 22.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3064). Regd
VH-UPJ [CofR 407] 30.10.30 to Matthews Aviation Pty Ltd, Essendon (erected and flown 24.10.30). Regd
1.12.30 to TP Manifold, Camperdown, Vic. Regd 14.7.32 to Mrs Jessie G De Havilland, Mascot. Regn cld
23.9.32; regd 3.33 to same owner. Regn cld as lapsed 13.7.34. Returned to UK and regd G-ACSB [CofR 5030]
7.5.34 to Mrs Jessie Grace de Havilland, Bushey, Herts (based Hatfield). CofA renewed 16.5.34. Used for wing
stiffness tests by de Havillands 10.34. Regn cld 3.35 as sold abroad. Regd in Netherlands as PH-AMN [CofR
220] 1.3.35 to AM Noordenbos, Twente. Regd 20.12.35 to AL Bauling, Twente/Teuge. Regn lapsed 20.12.41.
Test flown by Capt Hubert Broad at Stag Lane as ZK-ABR 12.9.30. To Air Survey & Transport Co Ltd, New
Zealand with CofA 2742 issued 13.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3088). Regd ZK-ABR .30 to Air Survey &
Transport Co Ltd, Hobsonville. Fitted with Gipsy Major 1.33. Regd .36 to Francis C Chichester & Frank D
Herrick and shipped on SS Wanganella to Sydney, Australia 19.6.36. Flown to Brooklands by Chichester
[Herrick as passenger], departing Sydney 26.6.36 and arriving 12.10.36 via Darwin, China, Indo-China, India &
Europe. Regn cld and to Matthews Aviation Ltd .37. UK CofA renewed 16.8.37. Regd G-AFDH [CofR 8248]
12.37 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands. Regd [CofR 8347] 8.2.38 to Aeronautical Educational Trust Ltd,
t/a Chelsea College of Aeronautical Engineering, Brooklands. CofA lapsed 23.7.40. Used during war as
instructional airframe. Regn cld 1.12.46 by Secretary of State. By 1949, it was with the College of Aeronautical
& Automobile Engineering, Redhill as an instructional airframe. On 20.5.54 it was scrapped and burnt in the
Redhill clear-out.
Regd G-ABEC [CofR 2783] 8.30 to Francis Sidney Lee, Exeter (based Haldon). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3090).
CofA 2719 issued 13.9.30. Sold 5.32 & regd [CofR 3866] 7.32 to The Doncaster Aviation Co Ltd, Armthorpe,
Doncaster. Regd [CofR 4284] 22.3.33 to Norman Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Bristol (based Whitchurch).
CofA lapsed 15.7.33 and regn cld 3.34 as sold. Regd in France as F-ANEC [CofR 3723] 18.4.34 to Robert
Senechal, Paris. Regd 3.35 to Andre Contamine, St.Cyr; named "Coccinelle". Regd 7.37 to Rene Chagnaud,
Civray, Vienne. Regn cld post .39.
To DH India with CofA 2695 issued 19.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3056). Regd VT-ABZ [CofR 62] 20.12.30 to
Raymond E Grant-Govan, New Delhi. Regn cld. Regd 24.10.35 to same owner. Regd [CofR 62/2] 16.2.39 to
Raja Udai Pratap Singh, Kotiari Raj, Hardoi. Regn cld .42 on impressment into RAF as LV766. Op [1.43] by
Bengal Comm Flight, Dum Dum. Crashed Dum Dum, Calcutta 25.11.43. Soc 31.12.43. Note:- The UK CofA
was officially renewed 30.6.37, but this is probably an error in the records.
Regd G-ABDF [CofR 2744] 7.30 to Brian Lewis & CD Barnard Ltd, Heston. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3092). CofA









2739 issued 18.9.30. Regd [CofR 2906] 11.30 to Capt Francis Francis, London W1 (based Heston). Regd
[CofR 3646] 3.3.32 to Edgar William Hart, Chorlton-cum-Hardy (based Woodford). CofA lapsed 17.5.36 but
advertised for sale "definitely airworthy" 4.37 by Alexander & Garner, Manchester. Subsequent status uncertain
and stored during WWII. File marked as impressed 2.3.40 but this was error for G-ABOF and which probably
caused aircraft to be overlooked. Regn cld 1.12.46 at census. Regd 17.6.48 to Grp Capt John Towers Mynors,
RAF Sealand (later RAF Cosford) (also reported as based Wolverhampton or Burnaston). Overhauled at
Sealand and CofA renewed 26.10.48. Cld & regd 14.1.50 to Grp Capt John Towers Mynors, RAF Singapore &
James Mathew Banks, London W1 (based Croydon). CofA lapsed 2.12.50 and wfu Croydon. To White
Waltham 11.51 (or 11.50) and subsequently to RAF Newton (by 7.53). New CofR No.R2837 issued .50. Cld
1.1.54 & regd 13.2.54 to John Keith Jakeman, Hatfield, Murray Cameron Duff, St Albans and Kenneth Harold
Cole, Welwyn on behalf of a group of DH apprentices. To Elstree 5.54 & rebuild completed by Simpsons
Aeroservices Ltd and CofA renewed 31.7.54; (based Elstree). Crashed and destroyed by fire Easton Lodge,
Dunmow, Essex 29.5.55; aircraft stalled off a low pass at the disused airfield where it was intended to land, ex
Elstree; killing pilot James A Brown and two passengers (despite third seat having been permanently removed).
Regn cld 28.2.56 as destroyed.
To Aeros Pty Ltd, South Africa with CofA 2713 issued 30.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3079). Regd ZS-ACC
23.10.30 to Glen L Bateman, Baragwanath. Crashed following in-flight wing failure in storm Van Reenen,
Drakensberg Mountains, Natal 5.5.31; killing Lt-Cdr Glen Kidston and Capt Thomas A (Tony) Gladstone. Regn
cld .31.
Regd G-AARF [CofR 2263] 25.7.30 to Samuel Norman Turner, Nyeri, Kenya (possibly jointly or on behalf of
John Carberry). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3055). CofA 2666 issued 20.8.30. Transferred (sold?) 8.31 to Mrs Helen
Silver, Nairobi. Regn cld 10.31 as sold abroad. To Wilson Airways. Continued to operate as G-AARF and only
regd to Wilson Airways Ltd as VP-KAT 12.6.33. Named "Knight of the Garter". Regn cld 5.34 on sale to G
Prudhomme, Uganda. Prudhomme was a French subject and it was required therefore to be placed on French
register. In the event this was not progressed and it was next allocated VP-KBM 8.4.35 to Njoro Country Club
(an owner invented by Prudhomme for registration purposes). This was not taken up but finally on 27.8.35 it was
officially regd as VP-KBO to Njoro Country Club. Regd 10.3.36 to Nashir F Dalal, c/o Dr Sorabjee, Nairobi for a
UK flight. By 17.3.36, VP-KBO had reached Almaza and the owner asked Misr-Airwork to carry out an overhaul.
The owner never collected the aircraft and it was seized by Misr-Airwork. Kenyan regn eventually cld as sold
abroad 7.37. Presumably remained in store until regd 6.11.39 as SU-ACN to Misr-Airwork. Regd G-AARF
8.2.41 to Flt Lt Ronald Blair Murdoch, AHQ Habbaniya, Iraq and CofA previously renewed 17.1.41. Regn cld
1.12.46 at census. Impressed by AHQ Habbaniya as HK866 2.41 and ultimately soc 27.7.44 by Iraq & Persia
Communications Flight.
To Aeros Pty Ltd, South Africa with CofA 2733 issued 10.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3084). Regd ZS-ACB
14.11.30. to Union Airways Ltd, Durban. Regn cld as sold in Southern Rhodesia 14.10.35. Sold to Spencers Air
Services 15.7.35 and regd VP-YBC to EH Spencer, Victoria Falls. Crashed Victoria Falls .35. Regn cld as sold
pre-war (but believed wfu after accident).
Regn G-AAZS reserved [CofR 2618] 6.30 but not taken up. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3060). To Wilson Airways,
Kenya with CofA 2702 issued 25.8.30. Regd VP-KAH 9.10.30 to Wilson Airways (but flown as VP-KAH at
Hamble Garden Party 31.8.30 by Wilson’s MD Tom Campbell-Black). Used for Africa-England route survey by
Marthinus CP Mostert 24.2.31 to 12.4.31 from Zanzibar to Nairobi, picking up Mrs Wilson and thence to Gao,
Bathurst, Las Palmas and Madrid to England. Regn cld 22.4.31 and returned to de Havillands in exchange for
VP-KAM c/n 2153. Regd G-ABNV [CofR 3276] 6.31 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. CofA
renewed 5.11.31. Regd [CofR 3474] 11.31 to Arthur Wellesley Melmath Fletcher, Shepperton [based Stag
Lane]. Regd [CofR 4610] 25.7.33 to Anthony Francis de Reya, London W11 (based Hanworth). CofA lapsed
29.6.35. Regn cld 12.35 as sold (possibly overseas). CofA renewed 16.11.36 but regn not restored until regd
[CofR 7934] 11.6.37 (back) to Anthony Francis de Reya (now based Hatfield). CofA again lapsed 15.11.37 and
regn cld 7.38 as sold. Regd in Italy as I-BIGA 2.9.38 to Carlo Adamoli, Milan.
To Werner Stocklin, Switzerland with CofA 2679 issued 26.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3063). Regd CH-260
3.9.30 to Fernand Fluckiger, La Chaux-de-Fonds. Regd 5.3.31 to Robert Fretz, Zurich-Dubendorf [later
Altenrhein]. Winner first prize at International Competition at Bucharest 6.31, piloted by Fretz. Reregd HB-EFE
10.34 to same owner. Regd .36 to Dir. Komitee d'Aero Club de Suisse, Dubendorf. Regd 4.39 to E Spahni,
Zurich [based Spreitenbach]. Crashed and regn cld 23.11.45.
Regd G-AAZT [CofR 2619] 7.30 to Dr Kenneth Entwisle Bury, London SE8 (based Woodley). (Fitted with Gipsy
III #3051). CofA 2642 issued 31.7.30. Regd [CofR 3317] 7.31 to John William St John Whitehead, London W2
(based Heston). Whitehead departed Lympne 6.9.31 (with Arthur Whitehead) on Europe/Africa tour. Regd
[CofR 3722] 4.32 to Harry Ley Wilson, West Hartlepool (based Seaton Carew). Regd [CofR 5829] 23.4.35 to
The Hon Brian Lewis (Brian Lewis & Co Ltd), Heston. CofA lapsed 31.3.36; renewed 24.4.37. Cld 1Q.38 & regd
[CofR 8456] 13.4.38 to Capt Alastair Edward Henry Campbell, Catterick (based Leeming); later to Wendover.
Cld 13.3.39 & regd 21.3.39 to Capt Alastair Edward Henry Campbell, Wendover & Sqn Ldr Harold Barnet
Collins, Aylesbury (based Denham). Regn cld 2.3.40 by Secretary of State. Impressed 2.3.40 (but no serial
issued) and converted to instructional airframe 2063M 7.7.40. To 10 S of TT Kirkham 5.8.40.
To Spain with CofA 2741 issued 24.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3097). Delivered as M-W135 to Antonio de la
Cuesta Maura, Madrid. Regn M-CNNA allocated .30 [to Aero Club de Andalucia?] but NTU. Regd EC-NNA
14.7.31 [21.4.31?] to JM Gomez del Barco. Regd 31.12.34 to Jose Yanguas Ibanez, Llanes [Asturias].
Operated by Spanish Republicans at Bilbao 7.36, when bombed Nationalists with stones at Vitoria, flown by
owner Capt Jose Yanguas Ibanez. W/off Carreno during Civil War. Regn cld 12.11.40.










Regd G-ABDJ [CofR 2748] 7.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd but regn not taken up. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3129). Shipped to DH South Africa with CofA 2799 issued 25.10.30. Regd ZS-ACF 15.12.30 to De Havilland
Aircraft Co Ltd. Regd .31 to Hon AJM Stuart, Debreeti, Bechuanaland. To Lt Cdr J Stuart, Cape Town.
Impressed as SAAF 2009 .40. To Nairobi 24.6.41 for use of AHQ East Africa Command.
To DH Australia in unassembled condition without CofA but fitted with Gipsy III #3107. This was the first of a
batch of some ten DH.80A's supplied to DH Australia mainly in an unrigged condition in the summer of 1930 see also c/n 2067, 2078/9, 2086/9 and 2094/5 (2086 was apparantly shipped complete with a CofA). For
certification reasons connected with Puss Moth accidents, they were either not immediately registered in
Australia, or in the case of six of them, never registered at all. DH records indicate that at least four were
"returned". All had Gipsy III engines fitted and it is assumed that the untraced aircraft were stored and either
scrapped or used for spares locally or were returned to the UK.
C/n 2066 was eventually assembled, with new DHA constructed wings/empennage and Gipsy Major engine and
was purchased 5.35 from DHA by T McDonald. Regd VH-USV (CofR 535/CofA 493) 17.7.35 to Thomas H
McDonald t/a McDonald Air Services, Cairns (wef 10.35) (and later t/a North Queensland Airways). Regd 1.7.36
to North Queensland Airways Pty Ltd, Cairns. Failed to take off and crashed into creek bed Mount Garnett, Qld
18.10.36; pilot John A Bonnington & passenger badly hurt. Regn cld as lapsed 30.6.37.
To DH Australia in unassembled condition without CofA but fitted with Gipsy III #3108. Assembled and flown at
Mascot 5.4.32. Regd VH-UQK (CofR 444/CofA 400) 12.4.32 to Thomas Peter Manifold, Camperdown, Vic.
Regn cld; regd 7.33 to same party. Sold 25.9.33 & regd 11.10.33 to Alexander M Bayne, Hawthorn, Vic (based
Essendon). Regd 23.7.34 to Owen Francis Youl Thomas, Hillston, NSW. Damaged when hit barbed wire fence
recovering from spin Thirlstane, nr Latrobe, Tasmania 11.2.35, while joyriding; repaired. Fitted with 50 gallon
tank in cabin and flown to UK by OFY Thomas and FR Maguire, departing Darwin 11.10.35 and arriving Lympne
10.11.35. Regn cld 7.5.36. In 5.36, Brooklands Aviation Ltd applied for a UK CofA. Regd G-AEIV [CofR 7021]
5.36 to Owen Francis Youl Thomas, Hillston, NSW; but CofA appln by Brooklands Aviation Ltd, so probably now
based there. CofA 5521 issued 20.6.36. Regd [CofR 7153] 29.6.36 to Geoffrey Reginald Devereux Shaw,
Rugby (based Sywell). Traded in 7.38 to WS Shackleton Ltd at Heston. Regd [CofR 8751] 14.9.38 to Frederick
Edward Tasker, East Barnet (based Hatfield). Cld 16.5.39 & regd 23.5.39 to Reginald John Salmon, Winchmore
Hill;, London N21 (based Hatfield). CofA lapsed 13.9.39. Regn cld 19.3.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as
DP853 25.3.41. Used by HQ ATA White Waltham. To 5 MU Kemble 25.7.42. On 8.9.42 it was conveyed to
Gatwick for major inspection and soc 29.9.42.
To Germany with CofA 2655 issued 22.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3057). Regd D-1943 8.30 to Haus
Bergmann Zigaretten-fabrik, Dresden. Re-regd D-EGEQ 3.34. Damaged in forced landing in bad weather in
Germany 10.35. Note the UK CofA was renewed 9.8.31, 31.8.32 and 6.11.34 and also that the Gipsy III engine
was fitted to DH.83 D-2408 2.33 implying that this Puss Moth may have been upgraded to Gipsy Major.
To Germany with CofA 2667 issued 22.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3061). Regd D-1944 8.30 to FGA Bahner t/a
Bahner-Strumpffabrik, Leichtenstein. Regn cld 8.32 as burnt. Note the UK CofA was renewed 6.8.31 and
Regd G-ABDG [CofR 2745] 7.30 to Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Hill Ambler, Chellow Grange, Bradford (based
Sherburn/Chellow Grange; Yeadon wef 9.31). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3069). CofA 2689 issued 5.9.30. Regd
[CofR 4191] 16.2.33 to The Hon Brian Lewis, Heston as nominee for Eduoard Bret, Cannes, France (in part
exchange for DH.60M F-AJZB); Bret quoted as still owner 6.35. Regn cld as sold abroad 12.34 (overseas
country unidentified, but presumed France). Regd [CofR 6293] 16.9.35 to The Hon Brian Lewis, Hatfield [for
personal use?]. Cld 3.8.39 and regd 6.4.40 to The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce, Cardiff; operated by Air Dispatch Ltd,
Cardiff on behalf of NAC on outbreak of war. Regn cld 23.7.40 as sold. Impressed as AX869 23.7.40. Used
initially by 3 FPP White Waltham (HQ ATA White Waltham from 9.40). To 5 MU Kemble 25.7.42 and to
overhaul at Gatwick 3.9.42. Issued to 510 Squadron, Hendon 2.11.42. Soc 7.7.43 and scrapped.
To Yugoslavia with CofA 2701 issued 28.8.30 to TG Mapplebeck and dd as UN-PAI 29.8.30 to Zagreb Aero
Club, Zagreb. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3069). Regd G-ABGZ [CofR 2924] 21.11.30 to (DH Agent), Thomas
George Mapplebeck, Belgrade. Regn cld 26.6.31 as sold abroad. Regd UN-PAI [CofR 22] 24.6.31 to Aero Club
du Royaume de Yougoslavie (ACKY), Zagreb; named "Bieli Orao" (White Eagle). Regd YU-PAI 9.33 to same
owner. Destroyed 4.41.
Regd G-ABEH [CofR 2790] 9.30 to Miss Peggy L Salaman, London W2 (based Hanworth); (a 20th birthday
present from her mother!). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3093). CofA 2737 issued 18.9.30. Third in Kings Cup Air
Race 25.7.31, flown by Lt Geoffrey Rodd. Named "Good Hope" and flown by Salaman and Gordon Store on
record breaking flight Lympne to Cape Town 30.10.31 to 5.11.31, (5 days 6 hours 40 mins). Returned to
Southampton by sea on SS Warwick Castle 30.11.31. Regn cld 2.33 as sold abroad. Regd in Kenya as
VP-KAV 2.33 to Henry William Sear, Nairobi. Returned to UK 6.33 and regd G-ABEH [CofR 4575] 28.6.33 to
William Paton Taylor, Southport (based Southport, later Speke). Sometime fitted with Gipsy Major #5084. CofA
lapsed 16.7.40. Regn cld 16.9.41 as wfu. Impressed 31.8.41 as HH981 and to RAF Tempsford 13.10.41. To
510 Sqdn, Hendon 22.11.42. To Gatwick for major inspection 8.9.43 and to 5 MU Kemble for storage 13.12.43.
Officially soc as scrap 12.4.44 but evidentally overlooked and found for disposal 2.46. Sold 8.10.46 to FT
Bingham of Southampton Acft Services. Regd G-ABEH 20.11.46 to Autowork (Winchester) Ltd, op by
Southampton Aircraft Services, Eastleigh. CofA renewed 14.7.47. Cld 5.9.47 & regd 11.9.47 to Eric Arnold
Middleton, Prittlewell, Essex (based Southend). Cld 20.10.47 & regd 4.12.47 to John Edward Nicholson,
Houghton-le-Spring, Co.Durham. Cld 30.6.48 & regd 12.7.48 to Frank Vernon Grenville Royce, Leicester.
Crashed on landing with brakes on Thruxton 15.8.48 and damaged beyond repair. Regn cld 20.3.49 as wfu.
Parts used in restoration of G-AAZP (c/n 2047) in early 50s - or more likely prior to postwar CofA renewal in June









1949. Thus likely that airframe, or parts therefrom, was reacquired for spares by Autowork (Winchester) Ltd at
Eastleigh after accident. Remains on dump at Thruxton [10.55].
Regd G-ABEI [CofR 2791] 9.30 to Sir Albert Edward Herbert Naylor-Leyland, Nantclwyd Hall, Ruthin. (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3118). CofA 2748 issued 13.10.30. Regd [CofR 2889] 5.11.30 to James Bryan Upton,
Ingatestone (later Hornsea, East Yorks; Upton was President of Hull Aero Club, Hedon and acft was also
operated by them. Cld 23.5.39 & regd 31.5.39 to Hull Aero Club (1934) Ltd, Hedon. Regn cld 12.9.40 as sold.
Impressed as BK846 17.9.40 and delivered to 33 MU Lyneham. Issued to 1 FPP White Waltham. Damaged
beyond repair following undercarriage collapse on landing Hawarden 26.3.41. To DH Witney 8.4.41 and soc
Regd G-ABEJ [CofR 2792] 30.8.30 to F/O Charles James Chabot, Holland Park, London W11 (based Stag
Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3093). CofA 2772 issued 3.10.30. F/O Chabot and Major Charles EM Pickthorn
left Croydon en route Australia 6.10.30 and reached Karachi 13.10.30 but there they gave up. Regn cld 12.30 as
sold abroad. Regd in India as VT-ACJ [CofR 59] .30 to Sir Chinubhai Madhowlal Ranchodlal, Ahmedabad.
Regd [CofR 136] 12.3.32 to The Indo-American Automobile Co Ltd, Bombay (but based Rajkot State). Regd
[CofR 155] 21.9.32 to The Kathiawar Flying Club Ltd, Ahmedabad. Regn cld 4.4.39.
Regd G-ABEL [CofR 2795] 9.30 to Lady Grace Marguerite Hay-Drummond-Hay, London WC2 (based Stag
Lane; later Heston 3/32). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3086). CofA 2785 issued 13.10.30. Regd [CofR 4333] 13.4.33
to Norman Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Whitchurch. Sold .34 to three Americans living in Paris [based Criel];
Howard A Darrin, Barton Cuyler & Frederick Blow and regd [CofR 5008] 25.4.34 to J Smith & Co (Motor Agents)
Ltd, London W1 [as nominee]; notionally based Heston. Fitted with Gipsy Major and shipped to USA; it was
flown across USA from Newark to San Francisco and back, crossing the Rockies at 12,000 ft with three on board
plus luggage; also took in Great Lakes. Shipped back to France [5.34] and then operated by the syndicate as
Aero Club de Vaux, Criel. Returned to UK and possibly based Gravesend with "US owner" by 10.34. UK regn
cld 2.35 as sold abroad. Regd in Belgium as OO-AEL [CofR 326] 29.3.35 to Jean de Keyn, Brussels. Operated
[7.36] by Rene de Caritat de Peruzzis. Regd 13.8.37 to Lucien Baugniet, Brussels. Impressed 15.10.39 into
Aeronautique Militaire, Estafette Escadrille. Taken by Germans and regn cld 27.2.46.
Regd G-AAZU [CofR 2620] 6.30 to Brian Lewis & CD Barnard Ltd, Heston. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3099). CofA
2770 issued 7.10.30. Regd [CofR 2875] 29.10.30 to Peter Malcolm, The 4th Earl of Lovelace, London SW3
(based Tanganyika); named "U Fiome" and flown out by Lovelace from Le Bourget 28.12.30. CofA lapsed
13.7.32 and regn cld 2.33 as sold abroad. Regd in Tanganyika as VR-TAI 2.33. Regd in Kenya as VP-KAY
21.6.33 to Wilson Airways Ltd, Njoro. Damaged in accident at Kitale 1.2.39. Sold as spares to EW D'Olier
28.4.39. Regn cld as wfu 9.39. Either scrapped or possibly to KAAU as K3 or K17 (which remain unidentified).
Regd G-AAZV [CofR 2621] 8.30 to Miss Amy Johnson, Hull; named "Jason II". (Fitted with Gipsy III #3082).
CofA 2745 issued 16.9.30. Given to Miss Johnson by de Havillands in recognition of her solo Australian flight.
Flown by her (with passenger/engineer Charles S Humphreys) London-Tokyo (via Moscow & Trans-Siberian
Railway) and return, departing Lympne 28.7.31, arriving Tokyo 6.8.31, (8 days 22.35 hrs; 79 F/hrs) return flt
depart Tokyo 24.8.31; delayed Wusan, Korea with bad weather; restarted 28.8.31; arr Lympne/Croydon 9.9.31.
Purchased 5.32 by Phillips & Powis Aircraft (Reading) Ltd from Stag Lane, demonstrated by Charles Powis and
sold to Leicestershire Aero Club Ltd, Desford the same day; regd to them [CofR 3825] 6.32. Regd [CofR 6506]
19.11.35 to Walter Taylor-Young, Woking (based Brooklands). Regd [CofR 8634] 11.7.38 to Cyril Geoffrey
Marmaduke Alington, Binbrook, Lincoln (op by Air Touring, based Gatwick); named "Angela". Cld 19.6.39 &
regd 21.7.39 to Surrey Flying Services Ltd, Croydon. Transferred to Weston-super-Mare with NAC on outbreak
of war. Regn cld 4.4.40 as sold. To 6 Group Communications Flight, Abingdon 15.4.40. Impressed as X9402
10.5.40. To Andover Station Flight 1.6.40. To School of Photography, Farnborough 29.8.40. To Gatwick for
major inspection 23.9.40 and to 5 MU Kemble 2.10.40. Issued to 1 FPP White Waltham 19.3.41. To
Wrightways Ltd, Barton for hack use 20.12.41 and to Handley Page Ltd 13.10.42. Further major inspection at
Gatwick 7.12.42 and to 15 MU Wroughton 14.3.43. Issued to 510 Squadron, Hendon 18.3.43. Returned to 5
MU Kemble in poor condition 11.12.43 and soc as scrap 12.4.44.
To DH Australia without CofA and not regd locally. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3120). Returned to UK and presumed
used for spares.
To DH Australia without CofA and not regd locally. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3116). Returned to UK and presumed
used for spares.
To DH India with CofA 2712 issued 30.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3074). Regd VT-ACA [CofR 75] 27.12.30 to
Col John Fisher Turner, Delhi. Flown back by Turner to UK 6.31 via Almaza & Constantinople and operated by
him at RAF Northolt in Indian marks. UK CofA renewed 20.1.32, 14.2.33 and 9.3.34. Indian regn cld 28.9.34.
Regd in UK as G-ACTV [CofR 5122] 30.5.34 to Col John Fisher Turner, London SW1 (based RAF Northolt).
Regd 29.7.39 to International Air Freight Ltd, Croydon; operated by Air Dispatch Ltd, Cardiff on behalf of NAC on
outbreak of war. Regd 1.2.40 to The Hon Mrs Victor Bruce; continued in operation by Air Dispatch Ltd, Cardiff.
Regn cld 23.7.40 as sold. Impressed 23.7.40 as AX868. Operated by HQ ATA, White Waltham until to 5 MU
Kemble 25.7.42. Issued to 510 Squadron, Hendon 22.11.40. Although damaged in gales RAF Cranwell 6.4.43,
it was ferried back to Hendon 14.4.43. To Gatwick 30.6.43 for repairs but soc for spares.
Regd G-ABDH [CofR 2746] 25.7.30 to John Roskell Reynolds, Liverpool (based Hanworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3083). CofA 2665 issued 6.9.30. Sold (but not regd) 4.32 to Brian Lewis & Co Ltd, Heston [and used as
demonstrator/air taxi services]. Crashed en route Heston to Hamble following in-flight failure in thunderstorm
Devil's Jump, Hankley Common, Churt, nr Hindhead, Surrey 27.7.32; killing all 3 on board (pilot Bruce Bayne
Bossom, his mother Mrs Emily Bayne Bossom & Count Otto Zierbach-Furstenau - aka Prince Otto Erbach).
Regn cld 12.32 as wfu.








To Germany and CofA 2656 issued 29.8.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3072). Regd D-1948 9.30 to A Friedrich,
Berlin. Regn cld 9.30 as sold abroad. Regd in Poland as SP-AEO [CofR 103] 21.10.30 to Izydor Goldberg,
Lwow (and possibly operated by the Polish Yeast & Alchohol Factory). Regn cld as sold 22.10.31. Regd
D-2220 12.31 to Dr RW Schulte, Berlin; named “Austria” & flown on scientific tour of Central & Eastern Africa;
dep Berlin 28.12.31 & ret 3.32. UK CofA renewed 9.2.32 but regn cld 5.32 as wfu. Regd in Austria as A-122 .32
to Dr Friedrich (or Fritz) Simmer and flown in 1932 Austrian Rundflug. Regd OE-DFS .35 to same owner.
Note: Also reported as regd 10.30 to M Fischer von Mollard [unlikely].
Regd G-ABCR [CofR 2726] 7.30 to unknown party. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3081). Regd [CofR 2810] 8.30 to
George Robert Boyd-Carpenter, Kensington, London (based Stag Lane; then possibly based Kano, Nigeria,
although in UK 7.31]. CofA 2699 issued 9.9.30. Possibly purchased 7.31 by Lt Geoffrey Rodd RN but
unconfirmed and never so regd. Regd [CofR 3749] 5.32 to Oscar Llewellyn Richards, Edgbaston, Birmingham
(based Castle Bromwich). Regd [CofR 8225] 17.11.37 to Francis Sydney Lee, Exeter (based Haldon). Regd
[CofR 8949] 20.12.38 to Ian Laurence Carr, London SW3 (based Brooklands/Hatfield). Regn cld 18.11.40 by
Secretary of State. Impressed as DD820 24.1.40 and used by 1 FPP White Waltham. Damaged when hit
hedge in bad weather on landing Gatwick 16.3.41; repaired by Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd. To 10 MU
Hullavington 27.4.41 and issued RAF Burtonwood 14.5.41 and officially taken over by US 8th Air Force Service
Command at Burtonwood 11.10.43. Soc 19.5.44 as instructional airframe for use on decontamination
To Qantas, Brisbane (as selling agents) with CofA 2716 issued 11.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3087). Erected &
test flown 14.11.30 (by Lester Brain). Regd VH-UPO [CofR 412/CofA 359] 21.11.30 to Robert Wolstenholme
Reid, t/a Robert Reid & Co, Brisbane (later Sydney). Fitted with floats 2.31 [?] (by Arthur Baird at Southport, Qld)
and flown 9.31 to New Guinea by [Reid's partner] PH "Skip" Moody & Mr Timewell; named "Puss in Boots".
Returned to Sydney 7.12.31 & reverted to wheels. To DHA for overhaul 20.5.32. Regn lapsed 23.9.32; regd
13.4.33 to same owner. Damaged when struck sand ridge and u/c collapsed on beach landing Jervis Bay Beach
11.2.34 while joy-riding; repaired. Regd 1.8.36 to Rockhampton Aerial Services Pty Ltd, Rockhampton, Qld.
Regd (on take-over) 14.9.36 to Airlines of Australia Ltd, Archerfield. Badly damaged in forced landing with
engine failure Ocean Beach, nr Woywoy (or Gosford), NSW 30.7.37; pilot Cliff Robinson unhurt. Sold 12.37 &
regd 27.1.38 to Kingsford-Smith Air Service Ltd, Mascot. Damaged when hit fence post in forced landing in bad
weather Gunderman 23.10.38; pilot J Morton; repaired. Wfu on CofA lapse 1.12.39 and Gipsy III removed for
installation on DH.60 VH-UOP (c/n DHA.3). Sale 2.43 to KL Brown, Port Hedland fell through. Sold 1.7.45 to
Airflite Pty Ltd, Mascot, but not regd. Sold 6.1.47 (without engine) to WE James t/a Wollongong & South Coast
Aviation Service. Sold on shortly thereafter to N Sutton, Melbourne. By 5.3.47 ownership was with Mrs G
Woods, Timboon, Vic (in dismantled condition). Regn cld 28.4.47.
Ff 10.9.30. To Qantas, Australia with CofA 2717 issued 11.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3089). Test flown
13.12.30 by Lester Brain at Eagle Farm, Brisbane. Regd VH-UPQ [CofR 408 (418?)/CofA 367] 24.12.30 to
Qantas Ltd, Brisbane (and dd same day). CofA suspended 3.2.31 pending investigations; renewed. Regn
lapsed 23.9.32; restored 22.8.33. Sold 19.9.33 and regd 7.12.33 to TH McDonald t/a McDonald Air Services,
Cairns (wef 10.35); later renamed North Queensland Airways. Regd 1.7.36 (or 30.6.36) to North Queensland
Airways Pty Ltd, Cairns. Dived into sea 12 mls N of Cairns, nr Double Island 19.1.37; pilot Carleton Fletcher
Moore injured, passengers Miss Dorothy May Schipke drowned, Master Fred Schipke injured. Wreck salvaged
next day and accident report concludes pilot fell asleep. Regn cld 19.1.37.
To DH Australia with CofA 2718 issued 21.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3119). Not regd in Australia and
presumed returned to UK. Engine subsequently fitted on UK production line to c/n 2205 8.31.
To DH Australia in unerected form but fitted with Gipsy III #3128. Not regd in Australia and presumed returned
to UK for use as spares.
To DH Australia in unerected form but fitted with Gipsy III #3105. Assembled Mascot and flown 23.6.32 by Capt
Hereward de Havilland. Regd VH-UQL [CofR 447/CofA 416] 24.6.32 to Harry F Broadbent, Coogee, NSW;
named "Dabs II". Regn suspended 23.9.32; restored 24.3.33. Sold 31.10.33 & regd 2.11.33 to JWF Collins,
Beaudesert, Qld. Sold 27.12.34 & regd 11.1.35 to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot. Regd 1.4.35 to
Beverley George Merivale Shepherd, Darling Point, NSW [based Mascot]. Regd 24.4.36 to Thomas H
McDonald & William David Lehfeldt t/a North Queensland Airways, Cairns, Qld. Regd .37 to North Queensland
Airways Pty Ltd, Cairns. Fitted with Gipsy Major 7.37. Regd 19.12.38 to Airlines of Australia Ltd, Cairns.
Ground-looped at Cooktown 7.6.40; minor damage. Port wing broke in mid-air and aircraft destroyed in crash 2
mls N of Coen, North Queensland 27.8.41 en route Thursday Island to Cairns; pilot Frank Cohen, passengers
Charles Hardy and Lt Col TR Miller killed.
To DH Australia in unerected form but fitted with Gipsy III #3104. First flt Mascot 24.2.34. Regd VH-UQO (CofR
474/CofA 434) 27.2.34 to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot. Sold 16.7.34 & regd 18.7.34 to Charles James
Melrose, Glenelg, SA; named "My Hildergarde" (after mother). Record flight of 8,000 miles around Australia's
coastline 7-12.8.34 in 5 days 11 hours; Adelaide-Townsville-Darwin-Perth-Adelaide. Fitted with Gipsy Major and
then flown Darwin to Croydon in unofficial record time of 8 days 9 hours (departing 20.9.34) to take part in
MacRobertson Race to Melbourne. Race No. 16, it departed Mildenhall 20.10.34 and finished third in handicap
section; arriving 30.10.34. Regd 31.1.35 to Harry F Broadbent, Edgecliff, NSW; named "Dabs III". Flown around
Australia by Broadbent 5.35 in 3 days 9 hrs 54 min [breaking record set by Melrose in same aircraft]. Departed
Darwin 11.10.35 piloted by Broadbent for record flight to England. Damaged in forced landing Basra 14.10.35
and flight abandoned. Aircraft sold at Shaibah 15.10.35 to F/O Edward H Wheelwright (an RAF officer with 84
Squadron), and then shipped to UK (or possibly repaired locally and flown to UK). Regn cld 31.12.35 (or 4.4.36).
Regd G-AEEB [CofR 6804] 6.3.36 to F/O Edward Hanley Wheelwright, RAF Eastchurch. CofA application














made by Airworthiness Ltd, Gravesend 13.3.36 and CofA 5423 issued 23.6.36. Regd [CofR 7511] 5.12.36 to
Henry Maynard Mitchell, Birmingham (based Castle Bromwich). Regd [CofR 8516] 24.5.38 to Brig Genl Arthur
Corrie Lewin, Upton-on-Severn (based Worcester). CofA lapsed 2.10.39 and presumed scrapped during WWII
[or possibly flown by Lewin to his farm at Njoro, Kenya]. Regn cld 28.11.45 at census.
Regd G-AAZW [CofR 2622] 7.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane; used as demonstrator. (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3073). CofA 2704 issued 28.8.30. Regd [CofR 2917] 14.11.30 to Geoffrey Whitley Garnett,
Eccleshill, Bradford (based Sherburn-in-Elmet; Yeadon wef 9.31). [Owner killed 27.10.39, when shot down BY a
Hurricane]. CofA lapsed 16.5.40. Loaned by Garnett’s father, George Garnett, to No.100 ATC Sqdn, Keighley;
deld 14.4.40 to their HQ at United Methodist Free Church, Cavendish St. Regn cld 31.5.41 by Secretary of
State. Impressed as ES916 31.5.41 and used by HQ ATA White Waltham. Loaned to BOAC, Whitchurch
11.42; returned to ATA 26.2.43. To 5 MU Kemble 31.5.43 and issued to Communications Flight Wick 22.7.43.
Damaged beyond repair in ground-loop on cross-wind landing Wick 5.7.45. Soc 21.7.45.
Regd G-ABDI [CofR 2747] 7.30 to Flt Lt Maxwell Hutcheon “Max” Findlay, Hanworth; as nominee for Georges
Hanet, Brussels, Belgium. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3053). CofA 2663 issued 14.8.30. Flown by Count Laszlo
Almasy 4.32 on expedition to Zerzura, Libya Desert. Regd [CofR 3929] 8.32 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd
[CofR 3990] 10.32 to Leonard StClair Ingrams, London EC2 (based Heston). Sold 4.34 to Germ Lubricants Ltd,
Heston; named "Germ 2" (and flown by their Aviation Manager James Watson). Regd [CofR 7453] 4.12.36 to
British Air Transport Ltd, op by Redhill Flying Club, Redhill. Regd [CofR 7865] 6.5.37 to Redhill Flying Club Ltd,
Redhill. Crashed Horne, nr Horley, Surrey 23.12.37; Robert S Gray killed. Regn cld 5.38 as wfu.
To DH India with CofA 2774 issued 3.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3110). Flying at Dum Dum 1.2.31. Regd
VT-ACB [CofR 89] 7.4.31 to The Madras Flying Club Ltd, St Thomas' Mount. Wfu following airworthiness
inspection 11.11.36. Regn cld as w/off 7.37.
To DH India with CofA 2757 issued 24.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3096). Regd VT-ACC [CofR 83] 12.3.31 to
Khan Bahadur Sir Dossabhoy H Bhiwandiwalla, Bombay [but acft active at Dum Dum gymkhana 1.2.31]. Regn
cld 10.9.34 as sold in part exchange (to DH?).
To DH Australia without CofA. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3112). Not regd in Australia and returned to UK for spares
To DH Australia without CofA. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3121). Not regd in Australia and returned to UK for spares
To DH India with CofA 2804 issued 29.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3126). Regd VT-ABG [CofR 119] 24.8.31 to
De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Karachi. Regd [CofR 135] 24.2.32 to Khan Bahadur Sir Dossabhoy H
Bhiwandiwalla, Bombay. Flown to second place in Viceroy's Cup Race 20.2.32 by WC Wingfield (entered by
Bhiwandiwalla). Probably actually owned (1.33) by Prince Ali Khan and flown Penang-Bombay (at Dum Dum
16.1.33). Regd [CofR 135/1] 28.7.36 to Mrs Alagammy, c/o Mr V Rev Ramaswamy, Karaikudi [based Bombay].
Regd 5.2.38 to Watson & Sons Ltd, Rangoon. Regn cld 4.5.42. Impressed as LV765 .42. Soc by ACSEA
To T & A Bata, Czechoslavakia with CofA 2835 issued 1.12.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3113). Regd OK-ATF
[CofR 207] 23.4.31 to Fa Bata a.s., t/a Bata Shoe Co, Brno, Zlin. Long distance sales tour Spring .34 Zlin to
Calcutta via Tunis, Cairo, Baghdad, Karachi, Allahabad, Calcutta, Delhi & Lahore. To Masaryk Air League, and
regd .35 to Zlinska Letecka, Zlin. Regn cld 1.12.37.
To DH India with CofA 2758 issued 24.9.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3098). Regd VT-ACD [CofR 84] 8.12.30 to
Merwan Hormasji Irani, Karachi. Departed Karachi 30.12.30 for Cape Town flight [pilot son Aspy M Engineer].
Regd [CofR 185] 8.9.33 to Col His Highness Sewai Maharaj Shri Jey Singhji, The Maharaja of Alwar, Alwar.
Regn cld as wfu 5.9.34.
To DH India with CofA 2773 issued 3.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3109). Regd VT-ACF [CofR 80] 5.2.31 to De
Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Karachi; used as demonstrator. Regn cld 3.1.33 as w/off. Rebuilt by DH and regd VTADU [CofR 162] 14.1.33 to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Karachi [quoting c/n 2032]. Sold 9.33 and regd 3.10.33
to The Karachi Aero Club Ltd, Karachi [now with c/n 2099R]. Regn cld 3.1.36 as written off.
To Carlos E Bleck, the DH agent in Portugal with CofA 2740 issued 3.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3094).
Collected new from Stag Lane and left Lisbon 1.11.30 for Nova Goa (Portuguese India) piloted by Portuguese
officers Capt Moreira Cardoso and Lt Sarmento Pimentel, arriving 19.11.30. It was named "Marao" and after the
flight was immediately donated to the Governor of Goa. No regn allocated. Aircraft may have subsequently
been used by Capt Craveiro Lopes on air courier services in Goa.
Regd G-AAZX [CofR 2625] 6.30 to unknown party. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3127 & autoslots). Regd [CofR 2878]
7.30 to Vickers (Aviation) Ltd, Brooklands. CofA 2698 issued 1.11.30. Regd [CofR 4002] 10.32 to Brooklands
Aviation Ltd, Brooklands. Sold [8.34] to Standard Telephones & Cable Co Ltd, Hatfield [still operated 6.36 &
reportedly operated wef early.32]. Regd [CofR 7968] 2.7.37 to George John Dawson, London SW4 (based
Redhill). Regd [CofR 8467] 22.4.38 to Charles Saint John Collier, London WC2 (based Hanworth); operated by
CL Air Surveys Ltd, Southampton/Croydon; transferred to NAC at Weston-super-Mare on outbreak of war. Regn
cld 4.4.40 as sold. To 5 S of TT Locking 5.4.40. Impressed as X9401 10.5.40. Transferred to 12 S of TT
Melksham 8.11.40 as instructional airframe 2304M.
To T & A Bata, Czechoslavakia with CofA 2834 issued 1.12.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3115). Regd OK-ATG
[CofR 208] 16.4.31 to Fa Bata a.s., t/a Bata Shoe Co, Brno, Zlin. To Masaryk Air League and regd .35 to Zlinska
Letecka, Zlin. Regn cld 1.12.37.
To DH South Africa with CofA 2792 issued 16.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3114). Regd ZS-ACE 15.12.30.
Regd to Nil Desperandum Aviation Co, Shabani, Southern Rhodesia. Regn cld 6.3.36 as sold in Northern
Rhodesia. Regd VP-RAE 6.3.36 [CofR 5] to Noel D McGill, Livingstone.












Regd G-ABGD [CofR 2893] 7.11.30 to Roderick Peter George Denman [of Airwork Ltd], London SW3 (based
Heston). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3142). CofA 2812 issued 8.11.30. Regn cld 12.33 as sold. CofA renewed
13.1.34 and presumably sold overseas.
Regd G-ABDM [CofR 2751] 7.30 to unknown party. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3111). Regd [CofR 2853] 10.30 to
William Lindsay Everard MP, Ratcliffe Hall, Leicester; named "The Leicestershire Vixen". CofA 2750 issued
8.10.30. Loaned (when not required) to Leicestershire Aero Club, Ratcliffe/Desford. Still owned, but advertised
for sale 3.33. Regd [CofR 4486] 1.5.33 to Frederick Arthur White, London W1 (based Heston; also kept
frequently at Le Touquet). CofA lapsed 23.4.40. Regn cld 31.7.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as ES953
31.7.41 and based at RAF West Raynham. To 5 MU Kemble 20.2.44 and soc 12.4.44 as reduced to spares.
Regd G-ABDL [CofR 2750] 7.30 to Robert George “Robin” Cazalet, Foulkemills, Co Wexford (based Castle
Bromwich & Johnstown, Wexford). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3122). CofA 2788 issued 21.10.30. Regd [CofR 4537]
2.6.33 to Oliver Eric Armstrong, Dublin (based Oranmore, Ireland). Regn cld 9.33 as sold. Probably intended to
be regd in Ireland but CofA lapsed 1.9.33 and UK regn restored 11.33 and CofA renewed 28.3.34. Probably to
Cinque Ports Flying Club, Lympne [who sold it to next owner]. Regd [CofR 5847] 1.5.35 to Yorkshire Aviation
Services Ltd, Leeming. Change of name 2.12.35 to Yorkshire Aviation Services Country Club Ltd (based York
Municipal wef 2.37). Regn cld 6.8.40 as sold. To 24 MU 10.8.40 and impressed as BD181 11.8.40. Issued to 3
FPP Hawarden 8.3.41. To 5 MU Kemble 25.7.42. To Vickers Armstrong Ltd, Castle Bromwich as hack 8.8.43.
Soc 1.11.43 for spares.
To The Air Survey & Transport Co Ltd, New Zealand with CofA 2790 issued 16.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3117). Regd ZK-ACB 18.12.30 to Auckland Aero Club, Mangere. Sold 12.37 & regd [CofR 119] 22.2.38 to
Waikato Aero Club, Hamilton [based Rukuhia]. Impressed 12.10.39 into RNZAF as NZ582. Written off 28.11.42
and reduced to spares at Woodbourne. Parts used in rebuild of c/n 2204 .43.
To Aerofotos, Argentina with CofA 2824 issued 24.11.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3130). Regn untraced.
Regd G-ABEM [CofR 2796] 9.30 to Francis William Armitage, Wakefield [based Cambridge/Doncaster]. (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3144). CofA 2814 issued 13.11.30. Sold 3.32 [via Brian Lewis & Co] and regd [CofR 3769] 5.32
to Mrs Rosamund Seton (Gordon) Vereker, c/o British Embassy, Warsaw (and flown out by her 13.7.32);
subsequently based Stockholm (.33). Sold [6.34] to Alexander Collinge, Oldham (based Woodford). Badly
damaged when hit hedge and overturned in forced landing Aberdaron 26.6.34; en route Woodford-Abersoch
[Alexander Collinge/J Williams inj]; repaired. Regd [CofR 6871] 30.3.36 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR
7257] 12.8.36 to Canute Air Park Co (chmn Raymond Gordon), Canute Air Park, Ashingdon, Essex.
Incorporated 2.11.36 as & regd [CofR 7868] 8.5.37 to Premier Aircraft Constructions Ltd, Maylands. Regd [CofR
8183] 1.11.37 to Ralph Harold Henderson, London SW14 (based Gravesend). Regn cld 5.38 as sold abroad
(and CofA renewed 6.5.38). Regd in Netherlands as PH-ATL [CofR 320] 21.5.38 to J Tempelman, Twente.
Regn lapsed 21.5.41.
To Lt Rheinhold F Caspareuthus & Reginald H Marshall with CofA 2771 issued 3.10.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3100). Regd ZS-ACD 3.11.30 to Reginald H Marshall, Port Elizabeth; named "Springbok". Flown by
Caspareuthus from Croydon to Cape Town, leaving 5.10.30 and arriving 13.10.30, (78 hours flying time). Regd
1.11.31 to Union Airways [Pty] Ltd. Crashed Sir Lowry's Pass, Gordons Bay 13.11.31 following in-flight wing
failure; 3 killed (Capt WF Davenport, passengers Young & Duteil). Regn cld .31.
To DH India with CofA 2825 issued 25.11.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3124). Active at Karachi as VT-ACI 3.31.
Regd VT-ACI [CofR 120] 24.8.31 to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Karachi. Regd [CofR 166] 7.2.33 to Pandit
Mool Chand Sharma, New Delhi. Regn cld 8.7.36 following sale to UK. Regd G-ADLP [CofR 6059] 10.7.36 to
Airwork Ltd, Heston. CofA renewed 13.7.36. Sold (but not regd) 8.36 to Air Taxis Ltd. Spun in from 1,000 ft and
crashed Sliders Farm, Ashdown Forest, nr Dane Hill, Sussex 5.9.36; pilot BF Tongue & passenger BA Sirasse
killed. Regn cld 10.36 as wfu. (Note: This may be the Puss flown to Heston from Delhi by R.N.Chawla
11.7.34-5.8.34. It was intended to be a Round the World trip but nothing else is known).
To Aerofotos, Argentina with CofA 2885 issued 19.1.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3123). Regn untraced.
Regd G-ABHB [CofR 2930] 11.30 to William Frederick Thomas, Tooting, London SW17 (based Croydon).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3147). CofA 2831 issued 29.11.30. Regd [CofR 3302] 10.7.31 to Surrey Flying Services,
Croydon (became Surrey Flying Services Ltd 5.9.31). Transferred to NAC at Weston-super-Mare on outbreak of
war. Regn cld 4.4.40 as sold. To 6 Group Communications Flight, Abingdon 15.4.40. Impressed as X9405
10.5.40 [serial probably not used]. To Andover Station Flight 1.6.40. By 7.40, with Farnborough Station Flight.
To 39 MU Colerne 16.8.40. Issued to 3 FPP Hawarden 10.10.40. Successfully forced landed nr
Ashby-de-la-Zouch in bad visibility 3.11.40 but on subsequent take-off same day, it struck hedge and was written
off. Wreck to DH Witney and soc 12.1.41.
Ff 6.1.31; DH sales invoice to Dr Foglia dated 17.1.31 for £1,070 (with additional invoice dated 11.5.31 for £250
for extras and 4 months storage). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3141). To Dr Antonio Foglia, Italy with CofA 2854
issued 30.4.31; deld 6.5.31 (delay due to poor weather). Regd I-FOGL [CofR 1105] 9.6.31 to Dr Antonio Foglia,
Milan, (based Taliedo). Wfu in 50s and presented .57 (or .54) by Dr Foglia to National Museum of Science and
Technology [Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia], Milan. To Tim Williams, Kintbury, Hants 6.12
for refurbishment.
Regd G-ABFY [CofR 2884] 11.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane; (the 1931 "Type" machine).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3137). CofA 2823 issued 22.11.30. Displayed on Morane-Saulnier stand by DH at Paris
Aero Show 28.11.30-14.12.30. Sold to M Bailly at Show, but French authorities refused certificate and order
thus cancelled. Regd [CofR 2977] 1.31 to Alfred Ellison, Footherlay Hall, Lichfield (based Castle Bromwich).
Operated 6.31 by The Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd on low-pressure tyre trials. Regd [CofR 3421] 5.9.31 to Lt
Frederick Edward Clifford, London SW1 (based Heston) and flown by him with Michael Pearce to Cape Town,











departing Heston 9.31. After touring South Africa, Clifford sold it locally and returned to UK by boat 4.32. CofA
lapsed 10.9.32 and regn cld 11.32 as sold. Known to have been on strength of The Durban Light Plane Club
7.32 as G-ABFY. Presumed regd in South Africa, probably as ZS-ADT. Also reported as regd CR-MAD.32.
Regd G-ABGR [CofR 2914] 11.30 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane for use as demonstrator.
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3143). CofA 2828 issued 1.1.31. Regd [CofR 3403] 18.8.31 to The Aircraft Operating Co
of Africa Ltd, Stag Lane. CofA lapsed 31.12.31 and regn cld 11.32 as sold. Regd in Portuguese East Africa as
CR-MAG .33 to Armando Torro do Valle, Xai-Xai; named “Gaza III”. Flown to Portugal, departing 1.4.33 and
arrived Lisbon 14.5.33. It was then flown on to London via Madrid, Biarritz and Paris.
Regd G-ABGS [CofR 2915] 11.30 to Brian Lewis & CD Barnard Ltd, Heston. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3159). CofA
2877 issued 15.1.31. Kept as stock aircraft for hire. Regd [CofR 3593] 1.32 to The Hon Brian Lewis (Brian
Lewis & Co Ltd), Heston [on transfer of business 8.31 & still owned 3.33]. Regd (4.33) to Airwork Ltd, Heston
and operated 6.33 on European sales tour by Williamson Manufacturing Co Ltd [mfcs of Eagle aircraft cameras].
Regd [CofR 6209] 16.8.35 to Miss Elizabeth [Betty] Malcolm, Bournemouth [based Brooklands]; [owner killed
23.1.36]. Regd [CofR 6839] 19.3.36 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands. Regd [CofR 8373] 3.3.38 to Victor
Herman Munzing, Worthing (based Shoreham); bought for flight to India with RP Stevens, unclear if actually so
flown. Cld 15.5.39 & regd 24.5.39 to Michael May, Farnborough, Hants (based Brooklands/RAE Farnborough).
Cld 3.8.39 & regd 4.10.39 to International Air Freight Ltd, Croydon (based Cardiff). Cld & regd 1.2.40 to The Hon
Mrs Victor Bruce, Cardiff and used by Air Dispatch Ltd, Cardiff on behalf of NAC. Leased to 22 Group. Regn cld
28.7.40 as sold. Impressed as AX872 28.7.40. To 1 FPP White Waltham. Struck by overshooting Anson
N4962 White Waltham 18.4.41 and damaged beyond repair. Wreck to DH Witney 22.4.41 and soc 4.5.41.
To Wilson Airways Ltd, Nairobi, Kenya with CofA 2898 issued 7.2.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3170). Regd
VP-KAK [CofR 11] 30.3.31 to Wilson Airways Ltd; named "Knight Crusader". Delivered by air from Croydon by
(Wilson's MD) Tom Campbell Black, departing 6.3.31. Flown by Campbell Black from Nairobi-Entebbe-KisumuMombasa-Zanzibar-Dar-es-Salaam-Nairobi 8.7.31 (1600 ml record). Regn cld 5.37 as sold in Tanganyika [but
not locally regd]. Regd 4.6.37 to JAR King, Dar-es-Salaam [still as VP-KAK]. Returned to UK .38. Regd
G-AFKV [CofR 8787] 9.11.38 to Thomas WJ Nash t/a Nash Aircraft Sales & Hire Ltd, Croydon. CofA renewed
30.11.38. Regn cld 7.12.38 as sold. Regd in Sweden as SE-AHO [CofR 198/CofA 253] 29.12.38 to Edvin
Liljegren, Krokom. Regd 4.6.42 to Nya AB Nils Olofsson, Goteborg. Regd 15.10.43 to Nils Olofsson, Goteborg.
Crashed Dorotea 25.3.48. Regn cld 17.8.48.
To DH India with CofA 2857 issued 22.12.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3167). Regd VT-ACH [CofR 108] 3.7.31 to
Lakhmi Chand Isardas, Karachi. Loaned to Major William Jones for flight to England; dep Karachi 3.4.32 & arr
Lympne 14.4.32; acft still in UK 9.32. Regn cld .34; reported regd [12.35] to Pandit Mool Chand Sharma, New
Delhi [unconfirmed since still on register to previous owner 12.36]. Regd 21.4.38 to Maj William Jones, Karachi.
Regn cld 23.8.42. Impressed as MA946. Possibly with 222 Group Comm Flight 9.44 [or c/n 2096]. Soc by
ACSEA 25.10.44.
Regd G-ABGT [CofR 2916] 11.30 to Capt Geoffrey de Havilland, Stanmore (based Stag Lane as his personal
acft). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3165). CofA 2827 issued 24.12.30. Still operated by de Havilland 7.32, when flown
in Kings Cup Air Race; also test flown Stag Lane 27.10.32. CofA lapsed 6.1.33 to 13.1.34. Regd [CofR 6484]
9.11.35 to Manser William Bartlett, Zomba, Nyasaland. CofA lapsed 6.11.36 and UK regn cld 1.12.46 in
census. No local regn traced (although in 90s, the Gipsy III engine from this aircraft was discovered in Zambia
and was repatriated to the UK to await a suitable aircraft to fit it to).
Regd G-ABGX [CofR 2921] 11.30 to Alan Samuel Butler, London W2 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3174). CofA 2878 issued 19.1.31. Regd [CofR 3700] 4.32 to Mrs Lois Butler, Stag Lane. Regd [CofR 4120]
9.1.33 to Capt Walter Lawrence Hope, Stag Lane; operated by [his company] Air Taxis Ltd. CofA lapsed 6.1.34
and regn cld 12.34 as sold abroad. Regd in France as F-AMRX 8.1.35 to Henri J Farbos, Mont de Marsan.
Regn cld .36.
Regd G-ABFV [CofR 2872] 19.11.30 to Flt Lt Edward Hedley Fielden; as nominee for HRH The Prince of Wales,
RAF Northolt; (replacement for G-ABBS). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3157). CofA 2830 issued 18.12.30. Shipped to
Buenos Aires for use in Royal Tour; loaded aboard HMS Warspite at Portsmouth 5.1.31 and transferred to HMS
Eagle at Gibraltar. Flown off deck off Puerto Belgrano 25.2.31; returned aboard HMS Eagle and flown off at
Devonport 8.5.31. Sold 8.31 and regd [CofR 3415] 9.31 to Mrs Adelaide Spencer Cleaver, Hyde Park, London
W2 (based Heston). Sold [9.32] to Norman Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Whitchurch. Transferred [on
formation 9.33] to Norman Edgar [Western Airways] Ltd. Regd [CofR 8665] 29.7.38 to Norman Edgar [Western
Airways] Ltd, Weston-super-Mare; change of name 18.10.38 to Western Airways Ltd. Cld 16.1.39 & regd
18.1.39 to The Plymouth & District Aero Club Ltd, Plymouth. Regn cld 24.1.40 as sold. Flown Exeter-St Athan
8.2.40 as G-ABFV by RAE Research Flight, Exeter. Impressed 2.3.40 but no serial known. To instructional
airframe 2067M 7.7.40.
Regd G-ABFU [CofR 2866] 19.11.30 to Lionel John Porter Fowler, Richmond, Surrey (based Stag Lane) [as
nominee for Maurice Nathan of Fiat Motors, Stag Lane/Rome]. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3146). CofA 2829 issued
10.1.31. Flown by Nathan in Round Italy Tour (Giro Aereo d'Italia) 9.7.31 - 26.7.31. Struck HT pylon in Dauphine
Alps and crashed nr La Balme de Retournel, Isere, nr Grenoble, France 29.10.32 [or 30.10.32], killing Nathan
and George Montefiore. Regn cld 12.32 as wfu.
To DH India with CofA 2860 issued 30.12.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3168). Regd VT-ABU [CofR 109] 4.7.31 to
Dr Sarukhai Rangachary, St Thomas Mount (Madras). Regd [CofR 176] 1.6.33 to Rajah IV Krishna Row [Rao],
t/a The Madras Air Taxi Service, Madras. Regd [CofR 176/1] 6.6.34 to The Madras Flying Club Ltd, St Thomas
Mount. Regd [CofR 176/2] 2.5.35 to Rajah IV Krishna Row [Rao], Madras. Crashed Chowtapalem, nr Ponnalur,
13 ml from Kandukur, Nellore 25.8.35; owner & Env Everett [Madras F/C instructor] & passenger HJ Carter [of










Imperial Tobacco Co] killed. Regn cld 26.9.35 as written off.
Regd G-ABHC [CofR 2931] 11.30 to Major Herbert Gardner Travers, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3166).
CofA 2868 issued 16.1.31. Regd [CofR 3003] 27.1.31 to Mary Lucy Aroha Clifford and shipped to New Zealand.
UK regn cld 12.32 as sold abroad. Erected and test flown Wigram 27.4.31 and crashed into fence on landing
same day, (only slightly damaged). Repaired and sold 18.8.31 for £1,000 to New Zealand Permanent Air Force
as 2125. Intended for use for aerial photography; in fact used for communications [based Wigram]. Regd
ZK-AEV [CofR 76] 3.3.37 to Southland Aero Club, Invercargill. Impressed into RNZAF as NZ590 27.9.39. Wfu
and to spares at Rongotai 31.5.46. Fuselage frame and fittings found and acquired by Colin Smith, Gore late .83
[also reported as being from 2001]. Stored Gore [10.11].
To DH South Africa with CofA 2856 issued 23.12.30. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3164). Regd ZS-ACG [CofR 61]
20.2.31 to Johannesburg Light Plane Club, Baragwanath. Regd .31 Johannesburg Aeronautical Association.
Regn cld as sold abroad early .32. Operated by Rhodesia & Nyasaland Airways, Mount Hampden 18.10.33 until
30.9.34. Returned to Johannesburg Light Plane Club. To JN Parker 10.38. Impressed as SAAF 2017 3.40. To
69 Air School as instructional airframe IS207. To 73 Air School 5.42. To 78 Air School 10.42. Soc at No.7 Air
Depot 24.11.43.
Regd G-ABIA [CofR 2975] 1.31 to Walter Guy Robson, London NW8 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3175). CofA 2873 issued 16.1.31. Regd [CofR 4581] 5.7.33 to Baldwin M Baldwin, South Godstone, Surrey
(based Heston). Regd [CofR 4606] 24.7.33 to Henlys Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 5409] 24.10.34 to Walter Leslie
Handley, Sheldon, Birmingham (based Castle Bromwich). Regd [CofR 6481] 7.11.35 to Ernest Baker, Walsall
(based Walsall/Castle Bromwich). Regd [CofR 8791] 6.10.38 to Ralph Hope (of Henry Hope & Sons Ltd)
Smethwick and based on private strip. CofA lapsed 12.3.40. Cld & regd 1.4.41 to Thomas Charles Sparrow,
Hall Green, Birmingham (based Castle Bromwich). Regn cld 19.5.41 as sold. Impressed as ES917 31.5.41. To
3 FPP Hawarden. To Broxbourne for major inspection 12.10.42. To 510 Squadron, Hendon 27.11.42. To 5
MU Kemble for storage 10.7.43. To Gunnery Research Unit, Exeter 13.9.43; used by their CRD, coded "HP-L".
To DH Witney 20.3.44. Soc 20.4.44 as to spares.
To Japan for use by Asahi Teiki Koku-Kwai (Aviation Dept of Asahi Shimbum and for use by "The Asahi"
newspaper), Marunouchi, Tokyo with CofA 2902 issued 10.2.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3178). Regd J-BAWA
4.31 to Tozai Teiki Koku-Kai [East-West Regular Air Transport Association – an Asahi Shimbun-sponsored
airline]; named "Ruri".
To Buenos Aires for display by DH (with c/n 2130) at the Trade Exhibition there in 3.31 with CofA 2874 issued
7.1.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3171). One on static display, painted in civil Argentinian marks, the other flying at
Palomar. Sold locally in Argentina but regn untraced.
To Buenos Aires (as 2129). CofA 2875 issued 7.1.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3173). Sold locally in Argentina.
To DH South Africa with CofA 2887 issued 27.1.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3176). Regd ZS-ACH [CofR 62]
16.4.31 to Major Peter FS Haggie. Regd 5.31 to Richard Humble; named "Thistle", and flown from Cape Town
to Heston 1.6.31 - 27.6.31. Thereafter based in Dumbartonshire (possibly Renfrew?) in South African marks
(and UK CofA renewed 27.5.32) until regn cld 11.32. CofA renewed 17.6.33 and regd G-ACIV [CofR 4419] 7.33
to unknown party [probably International Air Lines Ltd, Croydon]. Operated 8.33-9.33 as The Western Air
Express. Sold 10.33 to Provincial Airways Ltd, Croydon. Regd [CofR 5353] 12.9.34 to Wrightson Air Hire Ltd,
Heston. Change of name 14.12.34 to Air Hire Ltd (and later to Southend). Permit issued 17.2.40 for ferry to
Staverton for storage. CofA lapsed 7.5.40. Regn cld 31.7.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as ES954
31.7.41 and used by ATA White Waltham. To RAF Wattisham 11.11.41 and to No.80 Group, Halton 11.2.42.
To CRD of Handley Page Ltd 17.5.42. Major inspection at Gatwick 25.8.42 and to 24 Sqdn/510 Sqdn Hendon
17.10.42. Returned to Gatwick for repair 30.6.43 and to 5 MU Kemble 9.10.43. To RAF Chivenor 25.11.43.
Soc 2.6.44, probably after accident.
CofA 2893 issued 28.1.31 (prior to formal regn). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3197). Regd G-ABKZ [CofR 3110] 4.31
to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane (based Hatfield); CofA reissued 21.4.31. Used as
demonstrator/test aircraft (up to at least 6.31). Regd [CofR 3442] 9.31 to Sqn Ldr Frank Ormond Soden,
Amman, Transjordan. Flown [in 30s] by Edwina Mountbatten & Lady Milford Haven on flight to Akaba. Flown by
Soden at International Air Meeting, Cairo 12.33, then return flight by him Palestine-Heston 4.34. Sold to Flt Lt
Frederick J Taylor. Regd [CofR 7331] 8.9.36 to Vernon Arthur Moore Hunt, Chelsea (based Brooklands &
owned jointly with Bernard William Basil “Bill” Orton of Harrow]. Cld 21.1.39 & regd 26.1.39 to John Jassman
Dykes, London W14 (based Brooklands). CofA lapsed 18.1.40. Regd cld 30.3.41 as sold. Impressed as
DR607 31.5.41 and used by HQ ATA, White Waltham. Operated by "C" Flight, 277 Squadron, Shoreham
1.43/2.43. To Gatwick for major inspection 22.2.43 and to 5 MU Kemble 9.5.43. Issued to 26 EFTS Theale
10.7.43. Returned to 5 MU 10.6.44, for storage. Sold 1.46 to Sqn Ldr RJ Jones for £225. Regd G-ABKZ 1.2.46
to Reginald John “Jack” Jones, RAF Brize Norton. Cld & regd 6.8.46 to Reginald John Jones and Russell
Littledale Whyham, Walcote-on-Sea, Norfolk. Cld & regd 23.9.46 to RJ Jones (alone) again. CofA renewed
17.1.47. Cld 1.3.47 & regd 5.3.47 to East Anglian Flying Services Ltd (Jones' company), Southend. CofA
lapsed 10.5.49. Regn cld 18.1.50 as wfu. Scrapped and burnt Southend .50.
To Japan for use by "The Asahi" newspaper (see c/n 2128) with CofA 2903 issued 10.2.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3177). Regd J-BAXA 4.31 to Tozai Teiki Koku-Kai; named "Biwa", fleet no Asahi No.106.
First prize in the London Aeroplane Club Raffle held 17.2.31 (when it was won by Miss Rachel Balfour). Regd
G-ABIY [CofR 3027] 26.2.31 to Lionel Maxwell Joachim Balfour, London SW7 (based Hanworth). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3187). CofA 2915 issued 28.2.31. Operated [7.34 & probably wef 5.32] by Balfour's company,
Portsmouth Southsea & Isle of Wight Aviation Ltd, Portsmouth. Crashed on landing Portsmouth Aerodrome
28.3.35. Regn cld 3.35 as wfu.










Regd G-ABIN [CofR 3005] 1.31 to Dr Kenneth Entwisle Bury, Deptford, SE5 (based Woodley). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3180). CofA 2942 issued 14.3.31. Regd [CofR 3143] 4.31 to Alexander Alexander Thomson, London
EC2 (based Hanworth). Regd [CofR 4586] 7.7.33 to Robert William Hamner Everett, Chelsea (based
Hanworth). Regd [CofR 6310] 18.9.35 to Lt George Edwin Noel Everett, Shoeburyness (based Rochford, later
Hanworth). Regd [CofR 8778] 3.10.38 to Redhill Flying Club Ltd, Redhill. CofA lapsed 22.5.40. Regn cld
25.1.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DJ712 18.2.41 and used by HQ ATA White Waltham. To Witney
for major inspection 7.42 and reportedly soc 1.8.42. However, apparently repaired, since flown ShorehamEastleigh 6.7.43 and Eastleigh-Doncaster 31.8.43.
Regd G-ABIZ [CofR 3028] 2.31 to Arthur Gregory George Marshall, Cambridge (based Fen Ditton). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3184). CofA 2914 issued 27.2.31. Operated [by Marshall's companies] Marshall’s Flying School Ltd
[7.33] & then Cambridge Aero Club Ltd wef 11.34. Regd [CofR 8138] 14.10.37 to The Cambridge Aero Club Ltd,
Cambridge. Cld 2.6.39 & regd 3.6.39 to Charles Robert Archibald Grant (of Barnet Instruments Ltd), Barnet
(based Hatfield). Regn cld 16.1.40 as sold. Impressed into Royal Navy as W9369 31.3.40. To Station Flight
Evanton [9.42]; later Fearn. Last reported 5.43.
Regd G-ABIT [CofR 3012] 2.31 to Mrs Elisabeth Jane Richardson, Hainton, Lincoln (based Lincoln). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3194). CofA 2913 issued 12.3.31. Regd [CofR 4188] 15.2.33 to Edward Southwell Russell, Lord de
Clifford, London (based Stag Lane). Regn cld 9.35 as sold abroad. Regd in Belgium as OO-EIT [CofR 342]
10.9.35 to Octave VA Dierckx, Brussels. Regd 1.6.39 to Antoine de Jacquier de Rosee, Brussels. Reregd in
Belgian Congo [CofR C27] 3.10.39. Regd 22.8.41 to Taba Congo, Leopoldville. Regd 9.9.42 to Aero Club du
Congo Belge, Leopoldville. Regd 29.11.46 to R Marcq, Leopoldville. Regn cld 25.9.54.
To F Fluckiger, Switzerland with CofA 2907 issued 20.2.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3193). Regd CH-270 8.4.31
to Ferdinand Fluckiger, St Imier (based Courtelay). Crashed on the slopes of Mount Colombier, nr Echenevez,
Ain 2.5.32 [or 2.6.32], en route Geneva-Courtelary; Fluckiger killed [also quoted as crashed nr Colomby, nr Gex].
Regn cld 2.6.32.
Regd G-ABIU [CofR 3017] 2.31 to Henderson Aviation Bureau, Croydon. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3202). CofA
2965 issued 27.3.31. Regd [CofR 3119] 4.31 to Capt Allen Aitchison Havelock Charles, Waltham Abbey; op by
his company, Henderson Aviation Bureau Ltd, Croydon; renamed British Air Transport Ltd 5.31. Probably the
Puss Moth flown by Capt Douglas Mail from Croydon to Bulawayo, Rhodesia, departing 22.5.31, arriving 29.5.31
where he set up local subsidiary of BAT. Regn cld 12.31 as sold abroad. Regd in South Africa as ZS-ADO
4.4.32 to Douglas Mail Air Transport (Pty) Ltd, Pietermaritzburg; named ‘Rene’. To Gerwyn DB Williams,
Johannesburg. Regn cld 4.4.33 as sold abroad. Flown to UK by Williams, arriving Heston 6.33 [also reported
1.6.32 - earlier flight? - 33 confirmed]. Regd G-ABIU [CofR 4914] 3.34 to Ernest Baker, Walsall (based Castle
Bromwich, to Walsall wef 8.34, later returned to Castle Bromwich). CofA renewed 17.3.34. Regd [CofR 6952]
27.4.36 to Brooklands Flying Club Ltd, Brooklands. Regd [CofR 7731] 5.3.37 to Maung Kyaw Tha, Kingston-onThames (based Brooklands). Regd [CofR 8286] 1.1.38 to John Christopher Hyland, Cuffley, Herts (based
Broxbourne). Regd [CofR 8948] 15.12.38 to Southern Motor & Aircraft Co, Gatwick. Cld 29.12.38 & regd 9.1.39
to Sir James Herbert Croft, Kingsland, Hereford (based Worcester). Cld 22.8.39 & regd 26.9.39 to WS
Shackleton Ltd, Hanworth. Ferried to Denham 10.12.39. CofA lapsed 3.5.40. Regn cld 31.5.41 as sold.
Impressed as DR608 31.5.41 and used by 5 FPP Hatfield. To DH Witney for major inspection 10.7.42 and soc
1.8.42 as reduced to spares.
Regd G-ABIH [CofR 2991] 17.2.31 to Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3182). CofA 2909 issued
19.2.31 (ff same day, pilot JE Tyler). Regn cld 11.31 as sold abroad. Regd NC770N 1.11.31 to Roger Wolfe
Kahn, Roosevelt Field, New York NY (apparantly purchased in UK 7.5.31). US Type Approval Group 2-393
obtained 16.12.31. Regd 9.5.35 to Mitzi Hill Trumbauer, Elmhurst, LI [based Roosevelt Field]. Regd 5.10.35 to
William Edward Wade, New York [based Roosevelt Field]. Regd 8.1.38 to Edward S Maloney, Garden City, LI
[based Roosevelt Field]. Regd 21.9.38 to Rudolph Praschak, Jamaica, LI [based Fritz Masalla Airport,
Massapequa, NY]. Regd 22.1.44 [22.5.44?] to George B Bosco Jr, Farmingdale, LI [based Fritz Masalla]; [later
address Monrovia, CA but acft probably not moved there]. Wfu after last flight 3.3.46. Regd 30.1.47 (again) to
Rudolph Praschak, Lindenhurst, LI. Overhauled .49 by Eveland Aircraft Service, Amityville, NY; CofA renewed
7.12.49; now based Deer Park, NY. Regd N770N .49. Fitted with Gipsy Major IC (4.53). CofA lapsed 56/57.
Regd 9.5.57 to Robert C Percy, New York. Regn cld 23.11.70 as lapsed. To James H Cole Palen, Old
Rhinebeck (.75). On overhaul .90 by Bill King at Old Rhinebeck. Regd 1.93 to James H Cole Palen, Old
Rhinebeck. Regd 17.11.94 to Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, Old Rhinebeck. Stored dismantled and in poor
condition off site [01/07].
Regd G-ABIJ [CofR 2994] 26.1.31 to Rt Hon Sir Philip Albert Gustave David Sassoon, London W1 (based Stag
Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3206). CofA 2886 issued 17.4.31. Regd (CofR 4943) 3.34 to the Maharajah of
Limbdi (and based Hanworth); named "The Spirit of Saint Christopher II" and with "India/England" titles. Sold
3.35 to KD Pochkhanawalla, Erach R Khan & NF Dalal for India/Cape/UK flight. Regn cld 2Q.35 as sold abroad.
Regd in India as VT-AGM 26.3.35 to NF Dalal, Bombay. Flown by Pockhanawalla & Dalal from Karachi to
Nairobi [en route Cape Town] 1.8.35 - 15.8.35. Crashed between Tanganyika and Northern Rhodesia 21.8.35
[or 22.8.35] en route Mbeya - Mpika. Regn cld 22.9.36 as crashed & w/off.
To Tadija Sondermajer (director of Aeroput) with CofA 2940 issued 17.3.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3204). Regd
UN-SAA [CofR 18] 4.4.31 to Societe de Navigation Aerienne Yougoslave (Aeroput), Belgrade (dd 4.31). Regn
cld.32 as sold abroad. Flown to Heston 22.8.32 and traded in against DH.83 UN-SAK [c/n 4014]. Still being
flown in Yugoslav markings by Charles Powis 11.32. Regd G-ACDU [CofR 4180] 13.2.33 to Phillips & Powis
Aircraft (Reading) Ltd, Woodley. CofA renewed 7.7.33. Sold (to unknown parties) 3.34 and 4.34. Regd [CofR
5757] 2.4.35 to Brooklands Air Taxis Ltd, Brooklands. Crashed Aston Clinton, Bucks 13.6.36. Regn cld 7.38 as












Regd G-ABKD [CofR 3078] 28.3.31 to Maj George William Graham Allen, Iffley, nr Clifton Hampden and used
for aerial photography with vertical camera installation; named "Maid of the Mist", (also based Woodley). (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3205). CofA 2967 issued 30.3.31. Cld & regd 27.10.39 to The Secretary of State for Air having
been gifted by Major Allen (and used by Surrey Flying Services/NAC at Weston-super-Mare). Regn cld 10.5.40
as sold. Impressed as X9403 4.4.40, and to No.6 Group Communications Flight, Abingdon 13.4.40. To
Andover Station Flight 1.6.40. To 39 MU Colerne 18.11.40 and reissued 4.3.41 to HQ ATA White Waltham. To
Rochester for major inspection 25.12.41 and soc, for spares, 24.4.42.
Regd G-ABJD [CofR 3040] 9.3.31 to Robert Mussard (based Stag Lane/Morocco). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3207).
CofA 2928 issued 27.3.31. Regd [CofR 3102] 31.3.31 to Walter Lawrence Hope, Stag Lane (as nominee for
[Swiss] Mussard). Entered by Mussard in International Air Meeting, Cairo 12.33. Sold 1Q.35 but not reregd.
Regn cld 10.36 as sold abroad. Regd in France as F-APFZ 10.12.36 to Joseph Delagineste (De La Geneste?),
Breuil, nr Gennetines, Allier. Survived WWII and regd 6.48 to Aero Club du Dauphine. Regd (.54) to R Farbos,
Mont de Marsan. Regn cld prior to .58.
Regd G-ABJO [CofR 3057] 3.31 to The Hon Mrs Richard (Alice Florence) Westenra, Bishopsteignton (based
Haldon). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3208). CofA 2948 issued 31.3.31. Flown on 23,000 ml tour dep Croydon &
Lympne 6.11.31; arr Capetown 2.12.31; returned to Stag Lane 16.1.32 (by Mrs Westenra & Capt Robert H
McIntosh). Regd [CofR 5220] 5.7.34 to Michael Justin Creswell, Ewhurst, Surrey (based Brooklands). Regd
[CofR 6167] 9.8.35 to Patrick Alexander Uniache, Aldershot (based Brooklands). Crashed 12.35? (last CofA
renewal was 17.5.35) and regn cld 12.35 as wfu.
To Fritz von Opel, Russelsheim, Germany with CofA 2945 issued 27.3.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3210). Regd
D-2030 5.31. Regd 10.33 to Deutscher Luftfahrt Verband eingetragener Verein [DLVeV], Berlin. (UK CofA
renewed 23.6.32 and 3.7.33). Crashed into D-1917 and D-2893 on take-off 6.34; badly damaged but repaired.
Re-regd D-EKYM .34.
Regd G-ABJB [CofR 3031] 9.3.31 to Capt Jacques de Pret, Gaddesby Hall, Leicester (based Stag Lane).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3209). CofA 2927 issued 28.3.31; deld 29.3.31. Regn cld 4.32 as sold abroad. Delivered
29.3.31 to Prince OF Kinsky, Klesice, Czechoslavakia. Regd OK-OFK [CofR 223] 24.3.32 to Prince OF Kinsky,
Klesice and flown in 1932 Austrian Rundflug. Flown by Prince Ulrich Kinsky, as President of Austria Aero Club,
to Britain 7.34; overhauled by DH at Hatfield and returned late 8.34. Regn cld 8.5.35 as sold abroad. To Austria
and regd OE-TEK to Prince Furst Kinsky. Sold 27.5.35 to the Austrian Aero Club on behalf of the Air Force
under Dienstnummer "62". Regd in Germany as D-EDFV 4.38.
To HM King Feisal I of Iraq with CofA 2937 issued 30.3.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3211). Delivered by Flt Lt GL
Carter with the five Iraqi A/F DH.60Ms 1675/1679 departing Hatfield 8.4.31 and arriving Baghdad 22.4.31.
Painted in Iraqi Air Force c/s but not allocated serial or regn and used by King Feisal. Flown Amman to
Baghdad West 29.9.31 with King Feisal as passenger on his return from Europe. Departed Amman for Rutbah
6.1.32 (pilot S/Ldr Peter Warburton) and forced landed nr Landing Ground “P”, 60 ml S of Rutbah, whilst lost;
found 7.1.32 and on following day, 3 Iraqi AF Moths arrived with spares. Warburton departed for Rutbah at 1200
but again got lost and was not found until 12.1.32 some 80 ml SE of Rutbah. Refuelled following day and flown
to Rutbah; to Hinaidi, Baghdad 14.1.32 (see File AIR24/818). Reported at Luxor, Egypt 1.46 but thought unlikely
(although see photo in Airfix Magazine 3.69). Fate not known (but did not become YI-ABB as sometimes quoted
– this was c/n 2020).
Regd G-ABLB [CofR 3113] 4.31 to National Benzole Co Ltd, Croydon; named "Mercury I" (on 11.5.31); flown by
John J [Joe] Scholes; later based Heston. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3213). CofA 2985 issued 11.4.31. Regd [CofR
5839] 29.4.35 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield. Sold 7.35 to John Ellis Willson, Charlwood, Surrey
(based Shoreham). (Also reported owned sometime by Rollasons, Croydon). Regd [CofR 7024] 15.5.36 to
Frederick Rogers Goodwin, West Hoathly, Sussex (based Croydon; later based Eastleigh). Flown by owner
[after 5 hrs solo] Croydon-Karachi & return; dep UK 25.5.36; arr Karachi 5.6.36. Cld 3.3.39 & regd 12.4.39 to
Charles Saint John Collier, London WC2; operated by CL Air Surveys, Southampton (also by Surrey Flying
Services, Croydon), and to NAC Weston-super-Mare on outbreak of war. Regn cld 4.4.40 as sold. To 5 S of TT,
Locking 5.4.40. Impressed as X9400 10.5.40. Converted to instructional airframe 2306M 2.11.40. To 12 SofTT
Melksham 8.11.40.
Regd G-ABLC [CofR 3114] 4.31 to Maj Charles Lamond Yarborough Parker, Crowborough, Sussex (based
Brooklands). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3215). CofA 2984 issued 16.4.31. Regd [CofR 3861] 7.32 to the Hon Mrs
Josephine (Edward) Greenall, Melton Mowbray (based Tollerton/Hanworth). Damaged when hit HT cables in
night forced landing Cavendish Bridge, Shardlow, Derby 11.8.32 (pilot R Fitzgerald Findlay); repaired. Owned
.33 by unidentified member of Nottingham Flying Club, Tollerton. Regd [CofR 7134] 18.6.36 to Giles Philip Eliot
Howard & Edward Francis Eliot Howard, Amersham (based Hatfield). Regn cld 2.38 as sold abroad.
To WD Batsholts, Switzerland with CofA 2978 issued 16.4.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3216). Regd CH-271
22.4.31 to Topsy-Club, Geneva-Cointrin. Regn cld 6.11.34 as sold abroad. Regd in France as F-ANRZ 21.3.35
to Pierre Paratre, Tours. Regd 9.36 to A Laroche, Mouthiers-sur-Boeme; named "Rouletabille II". Regd [CofR
9256/2] 8.11.47 to Groupement Inter Transport. Regd 5.48 to M Blanc, Biscarosse. Regd .55 to Boulanger &
Fleurant, Leognan. Regd (.58) to Aero Club Montguyonnais, Montendre. Regd (.61) to Jean-Francois Dacier,
Toussus. CofA lapsed 21.10.61. Regd cld .64. To Musee de l'Air, Paris and stored Meudon; to Villacoublay
[3.81]. To Groupement pour la Preservation du Patrimoine Aeronautique [GPPA], Angers 2.93 for rebuild. On
rebuild by Les Ailes Anciennes Anjou, Angers [7.96]; to Marce [.00]. Regd F-AZPM [03]. Returned to Le
Bourget/Dugny [04]; held in reserve collection.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3001 issued 20.4.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3219). Regd ZS-ACP [CofR 70]











22.5.31 to Glen L Bateman (in replacement of crashed ZS-ACC c/n 2058). Regn cld 5.5.38. Regd in
Mozambique as CR-AAO 19.7.38 to Francisco de Neves, Quelimane. To Aeroclub de Mocambique .39.
Crashed 6.8.43.
To Wilson Airways Ltd, Kenya with CofA 3008 issued 30.4.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3224). Regd VP-KAM
[CofR 13] 24.4.31 to Wilson Airways Ltd, Nairobi (in replacement of VP-KAH c/n 2061). Regn cld 22.6.34 on
sale to JG Waime, Belgian Congo. No interim regn known. Sold to Kenya 14.3.35. Regd VP-KBI [CofR 35]
20.4.35 to L Kaplan, Nairobi. Regd 25.5.35 to Samuel N Turner, Nyeri. Regd 3.7.36 to East African Airways Ltd;
[in liquidation 2.37]. Regd [CofR 35] 27.3.37 to George Blowers, Nairobi. Regd 1.6.38 to Mrs Genesta May
Long, Elementaika [Elemnteita?]. Impressed into KAAU 9.39 (as either K3 or K17?).
Regd G-ABJV [CofR 3066] 4.31 to [Royal Dutch Shell subsidiary] The Asiatic Petroleum Co Ltd, Heston [later
Croydon] for use of James “Alec” Haslam. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3234). CofA 2964 issued 9.5.31. Transferred
to Cairo 12.32 and regd [CofR 4126] 13.1.33 to The Shell Co of Egypt Ltd, Cairo; now flown by Bill BarringtonMason. Replaced by Gull G-ADKX 8.35; CofA lapsed 18.9.35 and regn cld 10.35 as sold abroad. Regd in
Kenya as VP-KBW [CofR 48] 6.10.35 to East African Airways Ltd, Nairobi; [in liquidation 2.37]. Regd 19.5.37 to
JE [JB?] Leibbrandt, J Covey & Richard A Duncan, Nairobi. Regd .38 to Roger H Dupont, Nairobi. Regd 3.8.39
to Major GC Evans, Elburgon. Apparently sold to France but fate untraced.
Regd G-ABJY [CofR 3069] 4.31 to Leon Charles Desoutter, London NW3 (based Stag Lane, later
Croydon/Hanworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3218). CofA 2963 issued 24.4.31. Regd [CofR 7124] 12.6.36 to
Ronald Eric Laurence Beere, Kensington (based Redhill). Crashed into tree whilst forced landing North Heath
Farm, near Horsham, Sussex 22.10.36; George E Guye and Thomas AE Craven badly injured. Regn cld 12.37
as wfu.
Regd G-ABJU [CofR 3062] 30.3.31 to Lt Col The Master of Sempill, London SW1 (based Hanworth; later
Gatwick, also private strip at The Lizard). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3226). CofA 2968 issued 30.4.31. Damaged
when struck by DH.60X G-EBSO at Brooklands 28.5.32; repaired. Flown to Australia by [now] Lord Sempill,
departing Lympne 28.9.34, arriving Darwin 21.11.34; returned ex Broome to UK by air 13.2.35-5.35. CofA
lapsed 19.6.39. Regn cld 27.3.41 as sold. Impressed as ES918 31.5.41. Used by 4 FPP and later to 1 FPP
White Waltham. On 24.8.41 it crashed on landing Dumfries following brake seizure, en route Prestwick to White
Waltham. Soc 3.9.41.
Regd G-ABKG [CofR 3082] 3.31 to Gerald Anthony Stedall, Bournemouth (based Stag Lane & Burrys Farm,
Christchurch. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3223). CofA 3039 issued 21.5.31. Regd [CofR 3615] 2.32 to James Allan
Mollison, London W1 (based Stag Lane). Converted to single-seater long range aircraft and flown on
Lympne/Cape Town record breaking flight 24-28.3.32 (4 days 17 hrs 19 mins). Damaged when slewed into sea
and overturned on landing on beach at Milnerton, Cape Town at night on arrival. Returned (with Mollison) on
board SS Carnarvon Castle from Cape Town 1.4.32. Regd [CofR 3992] 10.32 to Birkett Air Service Ltd, Heston.
Sold 6.34 [by Henlys Ltd] to Yorkshire Airways Ltd, t/a Yorkshire Aeroplane Club, Yeadon. Regd 10.35 to
Yorkshire Aeroplane Club Ltd [unconfirmed]. Regd [CofR 7646] 3.2.37 to John Carr, Belfast (based
Newtownards) and probably op by North of Ireland Aero Club. Regd [CofR 8715] 19.8.38 to North of Ireland
Aero Club Ltd, Newtownards. Cld 2.6.39 & regd 13.6.39 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. CofA lapsed 22.12.39. Regn
cld 2.1.40 as sold. To 6 SofTT Hednesford 7.1.40 and impressed as W6416 1.3.40. Converted to instructional
airframe 2068M 7.7.40 at 6 SofTT. Reallotted as 2582M at RAF Cosford 1.6.41.
Regd G-ABLD [CofR 3115] 4.31 to Airwork Ltd, Heston (although seemingly allocated initially to DH School).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3227). CofA 2992 issued 26.6.31. Regd [CofR 3670] 3.32 to Arthur Sidney Watt, London
SW5 (based Stag Lane). Regd [CofR 4286] 22.3.33 to Saul Culbert, Weybridge (based Stag Lane); probably as
nominee for French owners Hubert Taffon, Paris and Jean Raty, Neuilly. Regd [CofR 4967] 11.4.34 to Reginald
James Mackay, London NW1 (based Hatfield). Regn cld 6.35 as sold abroad. Regd in Netherlands as PH-ATB
[CofR 221] 1.5.35 to T Bendien, Almelo [based Twente]. Regd 29.4.38 to AM Noordenbos, Twente. Regn
lapsed 29.4.41.
Regd G-ABLG [CofR 3124] 4.31 to Sqn Ldr The Hon Walter Leslie Runciman, Newcastle (based Cramlington,
later Woolsington and RAF Usworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3225). CofA 3009 issued 9.5.31. Third in Kings
Cup Air Race and winner of Siddeley Challenge Trophy 9.7.32; second in London-Newcastle Air Race 6.8.32.
Regd [CofR 7875] 18.5.37 to Mrs Margaret King-Farlow, London SW1 (based Woolsington); who became The
Hon Mrs Margaret Fairweather (by 3Q.38), now of Glasgow (based Whitecraigs/Renfrew). Cld 30.1.39 & regd
2.2.39 to Francis Joseph Bush, Watford (based Hatfield). Regn cld 13.2.41 as sold. Impressed as DG662
18.2.41. To HQ ATA White Waltham. To Gatwick 14.3.43 for major inspection; to 5 MU Kemble 7.5.43. Issued
to 23 Group (FTC) Communications Flt, South Cerney 7.7.43. Returned to 5 MU 1.12.43 and soc for spares
Regd G-ABMC [CofR 3172] 5.31 to Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane [Croydon wef 8/33]. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3228).
CofA 3016 issued 11.5.31. Regd [CofR 5428] 5.11.34 to Aircraft Exchange & Mart Ltd, Hanworth. Regd [CofR
5950] 6.6.35 to Airspeed [1934] Ltd, Portsmouth. Regd [CofR 6536] 25.11.35 to Portsmouth Aero Club,
Portsmouth [Portsmouth Aero Club Ltd wef 10.12.35]. Regd [CofR 7017] 13.5.36 to Ernest Lynton Blow,
Bournemouth (based Christchurch). Regd [CofR 7356] 17.9.36 to Richard Vyvyan Dudley Beaumont, Sark
[based Croydon]. Regd [CofR 7487] 26.11.36 to Harold Laurence Harrison & Bernard Walter Harrison, Golders
Green [based Croydon]. Regd [CofR 8638] 12.7.38 to F Morat & Co Ltd, London EC2 (based Broxbourne). Cld
15.6.39 & regd 27.6.39 to Albert Edward Foster, Wanstead, London E12 (based Broxbourne). CofA lapsed
9.7.40. Regn cld 20.3.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DP849 25.3.41 and used by 1 FPP White
Waltham. Struck by overshooting Mustang AG523 White Waltham 29.4.42 and soc 19.5.42.
Regd G-ABNO [CofR 3243] 6.31 to Thomas Humphrey Naylor, Eastham, Cheshire (based Woodford, later










Hooton Park). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3232). CofA 3058 issued 8.6.31. Sold 6.32 and regd [CofR 3855] 13.7.32
to Merseyside Aero & Sports Co Ltd, t/a Liverpool & District Aero Club, Hooton Park. Crashed nr Denbigh
6.9.33. Regn cld 11.33 as wfu.
Regd G-ABLP [CofR 3145] 7.5.31 to Hampshire Aeroplane Club, Hamble (Eastleigh wef 11.32); nominee for Lt
Col Robert Raymond Smith Barry and based on his strip at Devizes. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3230). CofA 3014
issued 16.5.31. Cld 31.1.39 & regd (on change of name) 1.2.39 to Hampshire School of Flying Ltd; confirmed by
club as still owned by Col Smith Barry 7.40. CofA lapsed 9.2.40. Regn cld 31.5.41 as wfu. To 3 FPP Hawarden
4.12.40. To Gravesend Station Flight 6.5.41. Impressed as EM995 31.5.41. To 23 Group, South Cerney
29.10.41. To 37 Wing, Hawarden 13.6.42 and Swinderby Station Flight 29.6.42. To 5 MU Kemble 13.9.43.
Flown 23.10.43 to Witney for scrapping but used [unofficially] by Philip Gordon-Marshall [DH Witney General
Manager]. Soc for spares 15.2.44, but in fact sold to DH for £5 and flown to Hatfield 20.3.44 for use as museum
piece. Actual fate unknown.
Regd G-ABLR [CofR 3146] 7.5.31 to Walter Lancaster Hey, Headingly, Leeds (based Sherburn-in-Elmet;
Yeadon wef 9.31). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3233). CofA 3013 issued 16.5.31. CofA lapsed 25.8.40. Regn cld
27.10.40 by Secretary of State. Impressed as BK871 27.10.40 and to ATA White Waltham. Soc as spares
11.8.42 following major inspection.
Regd G-ABLS [CofR 3147] 7.5.31 (or 27.5.31) to Eric Leslie Gandar Dower, Hove (based Heston; to Dyce early
.34). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3242). CofA 3042 issued 28.5.31. Op by Aberdeen Airways Ltd (formed by Gandar
Dower 1.34 but operations commenced 7.34). Regd [CofR 5463] 24.11.34 to Aberdeen Flying School Ltd, Dyce
(but continued to operate for Aberdeen Airways; renamed 13.2.37 as Allied Airways (Gandar Dower) Ltd). Op by
Allied Airways during WWII; to Denham 10.12.39 (CofA lapsed 14.2.40; renewed 28.10.42). Wfu on CofA expiry
13.11.46 and to long term storage at Dyce. New CofR No.R1547 issued .50. Regn cld 11.3.59 by Secretary of
State. Purchased by Cliff Lovell and taken by road to Eastleigh 28.5.66. Regd 3.3.67 to Clifford Charles Lovell,
Winchester and rebuilt (initially at Kings Worthy, Winchester, then to Portsmouth 26.3.67 and latterly at
Blackbushe); reflown 23.8.67. CofA renewed 20.3.68. Cld 31.5.71 and regd 10.8.71 to Jeremy Dennis Menzies,
Hayling Island (based Goodwood). CofA lapsed 25.5.72. Cld 27.9.76 & regd 2.11.76 to Roger Cecil Frank
Bailey, Herrings Farm, Cross-in-Hand. CofA renewed 25.10.77, following refit with Gipsy Major IC; later based
Woodlow Farm, Bosbury. Sold 12.02 to Ron Souch, Durley; dd 30.3.03. Regd 6.6.03 to Daniel William
Graham, London SW7. Regd 27.8.03 to Ronald Ivor Souch & Diane Ellen Souch, Hill Farm, Durley. Regd
17.2.05 to Daniel William Graham, London SW7 [based nr Middle Wallop]. Regd 12.4.06 to Richard Allen
Seeley, London SW13 [based Durley]; dd 5.4.06. Regd 30.7.15 to Thomas Woodstock Harris, Leighton Buzzard
(based Holmbeck Farm, Burcott).
To Percy Hunt, South Africa with CofA 3023 issued 12.5.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3231). Regd ZS-ACR [CofR
71] 29.7.31 to Percy E Hunt. To DG Davies, Cape Town 8.37. Impressed .40 as SAAF 2019. To 70 Air School
as instructional airframe IS208. To 71 Air School. Soc at No.2 Air Depot 22.11.44.
Regd G-ABMS [CofR 3187] 5.31 to Arthur Henry Youngman (as nominee for H Gordon Selfridge Jnr), Heston.
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3235). CofA 3020 issued 22.5.31. Regd [CofR 4523] 29.5.33 to Anthony LH Clement, of
Wiltshire Light Aeroplane Club [and Wiltshire School of Flying], High Post. Regd [CofR 6489] 12.11.35 to
Edward Willoughby Hyde Harrison Cavendish (of Lee & Cavendish, motor traders), Battersea (based Croydon).
Regd [CofR 7120] 11.6.36 to Wrightways Ltd, Croydon. Regd [CofR 8318] 25.1.38 to Donald Edward Middleton,
Sidcup (of Southern Motors & Aircraft), (based Croydon). CofA lapsed 29.7.38. Cld 5.8.39 & regd 24.8.39 to
Southern Aircraft (Gatwick) Ltd, Gatwick. CofA renewed 22.8.39. To Lympne 9.39. CofA lapsed 21.8.40. Regn
cld 23.5.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DP854 25.3.41 and used by Northolt Station Flight until transfer
to 1 FPP White Waltham 11.41. Collided with a parked lorry whilst taxying RAF Shawbury 25.11.41. Removed
to DH Witney 10.12.41 but soc 15.12.41.
Regd G-ABLO [CofR 3140] 4.31 to Charles Sadler Probyn Ashby, Lexby Dance Hall, Totton (based Lexby &
Hamble). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3239). CofA 3033 issued 22.5.31. (Later fitted with Gipsy Major #5020). Regd
[CofR 3483] 13.11.31 to Henry (Henri?) Sherek, London WC2 (based Stag Lane). Delivered 21.7.32 to Serge
Nicolesco, Paris/Nice. UK regn cld 11.33 as sold. Regd in France as F-AMUY 16.1.34 to Serge Nicolesco,
Nice. Regd 3.35 to Henri Fraise, Tananarive (Ivato), Madagascar. Regn cld post .39.
Regd G-ABMD [CofR 3173] 5.31 to Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3229). CofA 3019 issued
12.5.31. Regd [CofR 3248] 6.31 to The Dominion Motor Spirit Co Ltd, Heston, and flown by Capt Albert Marc
Diamant. Regd [CofR 5101] 25.5.34 to Walter Dugald Macpherson, London W8 (based Heston). Specially
modified by Airwork Ltd, Heston with 147 hp Gipsy Major high-compression engine, full span Handley Page
slots, inboard Martin Aircraft Co wing flaps and Fairey adjustable pitch propellor for entry by Macpherson in
Warsaw International Touring Competition (Challenge Internationale des Avions de Tourisme) of 8/9.34 (new
CofA issued 25.8.34). These modifications combined with widening the fuselage and added rear windows
reduced minimum flying speed to 35 mph. Macpherson was described as a member of the Polish team
(Competition No.81); the aircraft forced landed near Lvov (or Lemberg) 14.9.34 with engine failure towards the
end of the competition but was repaired and came in 29th. Cld 28.7.39 & regd 5.8.39 to Utility Airways Ltd,
Hooton Park. CofA lapsed 3.3.40. Destroyed by fire Hooton Park 8.7.40. Regn cld 8.7.40 as sold.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3061 issued 3.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3241). Delivered JohannesburgBlantyre 17.7.31 as ZS-ACS and reportedly named “Miss Nyasa” by the Governor of Nyasaland following
delivery; however photographic evidence shows name as “Nyasa I”. Regd ZS-ACS [CofR 72] 20.7.31 to CJ
Christowitz, t/a Christowitz Air Services, Blantyre, Nyasaland. Regd cld 20.2.34. Regd in Southern Rhodesia as
VP-YAP 27.2.34 to CJ Christowitz. Transferred 12.4.34 to Rhodesia & Nyasaland Airways Ltd. Sold to DH
South Africa 7.1.36. Regd ZS-AGY 17.2.36 to De Havilland Aircraft of South Africa Ltd. To RW Trollope,














Bloemfontein. To HW Calderbank, Potchefstroom. Impressed as SAAF 2025 .40. To 70 Air School as
instructional airframe IS210. To 71 Air School 8.43.
Regd G-ABNC [CofR 3231] 6.31 to Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3240). CofA 3077 issued
12.6.31. Regd [CofR 3277] 6.31 to Mrs Rhondda Rankin, Bexhill [based Stag Lane]; purchased by Sir Robert
Rankin MP’s wife to undertake European tour [pilot Nigel Tangye] after being told she only had few months to
live; she died late .31. Dd 11.4.32 (via Brian Lewis & Co) and regd [CofR 3714] 4.32 to John Henry Peyto
Verney, The Rt Hon Lord Willoughby de Broke, Kineton, Warwick (based Kineton & Sywell). Possibly sold to
Derek S Schreiber (of 11th Hussars, Tidworth), reported as being for sale by D Schreiber 7.34; but still being
flown by Lord Willoughby de Broke 10.34. Reported as operated mid 30s by Mills Aero Service (this may relate
to later French owner?). Regd [CofR 6270] 3.9.35 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 7195] 16.7.36 to
Frederick Alan Irving Muntz [of Airwork Ltd], Heston. Regd [CofR 7394] 14.10.36 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd
[CofR 8045] 10.8.37 to Mlle Ruth Frigout, Blackheath, London SE3 (based Heston). Regn cld 3.38 as sold
abroad. Regd in France as F-AQOR 3.6.38 to Jean Gallet, Nice. Regd 6.38 to Roger Mille, Nice. Regn cld post
To The Anglo-Siam Corporation Ltd with CofA 3063 issued 30.5.31 (having first flown Stag Lane 29.5.31).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3248). Dd Bangkok 15.7.31; assembled Don Muang Aerodrome, Bangkok and test flown
23.7.31. Regd HS-PAA [CofR 1] 2.9.31 to Aerial Transport Co of Siam Ltd [Borisat Khomsong Ltd], Bangkok &
Nakon Ratchasima/Korat. Crashed 22.6.33 after broke up in mid-flight in bad weather at Kumpawapi between
Khon Kaen & Udorn, Siam, killing pilot. Regn cld 10.33.
Regd G-ABMG [CofR 3176] 5.31 to Flt Lt Ernest Vair Sleigh Lacey, RAF Kenley. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3243).
CofA 3028 issued 6.6.31. Lacey was killed in accident to Moth K1210 Kenley 24.11.31. (Later fitted with Gipsy
Major #5064). Regd [CofR 3577] 21.1.32 to Harold Boswell Reid, t/a Continental Motor Stores, London SW1
(based Stag Lane). Sold in France via Airwork Ltd, following CofA expiry 9.6.34. Regn cld 12.7.34 as sold.
Regd as F-ANEZ 15.9.34 to Mme Suzanne Seraillon, Boulogne sur Seine. Regd 10.36 to Mme Gilberte Blache,
Orly; named "Old Chap II". Sold .37 to Henri Lecamus, Toussus. Regn cld prior to .39.
Regd G-ABLX [CofR 3157] 5.31 to Capt George Arthur Richard Pennington, Hanworth. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3181). CofA 3070 issued 10.6.31. Regd [CofR 3852] 7.32 to Herbert George Blagrave, Beckhampton,
Marlborough (based Hanworth). Probably sold 3.34 to Birkett Air Service Ltd, Heston (operated [4.34] by Thorn).
Crashed Barrow-in-Furness 15.12.34; repaired. Regd [CofR 6044] 5.7.35 to Miss Eleanor Isabella “Susan”
Slade, Stokenchurch, Bucks (based Heston and on strip at Ogbourne St George, Marlborough). Damaged in
forced landing in Germany 9.35 whilst lost; repaired. CofA lapsed 22.3.40. Ferry permit issued 26.5.40 for flight
Heston-Ogbourne St George. Regn cld 20.5.41 as sold. Impressed as EM996 31.5.41 and used by the CO of
RAF Swanton Morley until soc for spares 4.1.45. Note, see also commentary on "AM449" in index.
Regd G-ABMH [CofR 3177] 15.5.31 to Capt Hubert Stanford Broad (as nominee for Andre Jomain, Paris).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3259). CofA 3025 issued 25.6.31. Regn cld 4.34 as sold. Regd in France as F-ANBR
27.4.34 to Andre Jomain, Paris (based Buc). Damaged when struck by Caudron C.600 F-ANXQ on ground
Toussus-le-Noble 5.9.39.
To The Anglo-Siam Corporation Ltd with CofA 3064 issued 30.5.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3244). Dd Don
Muang, Bangkok 15.7.31; assembled and test flown 23.7.31. Regd HS-PAB [CofR 2] 2.9.31 to Aerial Transport
Co of Siam Ltd [Borisat Khomsong Ltd], Bangkok & Nakon Ratchasima/Korat. Wfu .39 or .41.
Regd G-ABMN [CofR 3183] 17.6.31 to Sqn Ldr The Hon Pelham I Cochrane, London SW3 (based Heston).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3247). CofA 3085 issued 20.6.31. Sold via Henlys Ltd. Regn cld 6.32 as sold abroad
(and CofA renewed 8.6.32). Dep Heston 15.6.32 [flown by JRD Tata]. Regd in India as VT-ADN [CofR 153]
27.7.32 to Tata Sons Ltd, Bombay. Used for first air mail flight Karachi-Bombay-Madras 15.10.32. Regn cld as
written off 10.9.35.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3084 issued 19.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3250). Regd ZS-BBC [CofR 63] 7.31
to Otto Thaning (in special out of sequence marks for the Danish Vice-Consul in Johannesburg). Flown Cape
Town to London 6.32. Flown Copenhagen to South Africa, reportedly departing Copenhagen 10.11.32; however
tested at Stag Lane on that date and presumed then to Copenhagen. Regd ZS-AFG 3.12.34 to Johannesburg
Light Plane Club. Crashed Du Toits Kloof 4.8.36; JF Buchan & K Leigh killed.
Regd G-ABNS [CofR 3265] 6.31 to George Paxton, Teddington (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3260).
CofA 3100 issued 2.7.31. Bought 29.10.33 and regd [CofR 4703] 3.11.33 to F/O Reginald Clarence Presland,
London W1 (based Hatfield; later Manston); named "Pamela III" (replacement for DH.60G G-AALW). CofA
lapsed 4.4.40 and put into store at RAF Manston. Destroyed by enemy bombing at Manston 8.40 and not
impressed. Regn cld 5.11.45 at census.
To The Anglo-Siam Corporation Ltd with CofA 3079 issued 13.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3249). Probably
delivered direct to Nakon Ratchasima and regd HS-PAC [CofR 3] 15.10.31 to Aerial Transport Co of Siam Ltd
[Borisat Khomsong Ltd], Bangkok & Nakon Ratchasima/Korat. Wfu .39 or .41.
To The Anglo-Siam Corporation Ltd with CofA 3082 issued 11.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3246). First flown
8.6.31. Probably delivered direct to Nakon Ratchasima and regd HS-PAD [CofR 4] 15.10.31 to Aerial Transport
Co of Siam Ltd [Borisat Khomsong Ltd], Bangkok & Nakon Ratchasima/Korat. Wfu .39 or .41.
Note: One of HS-PAB/C/D was withdrawn in 1939 and the others in 1941.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3105 issued 26.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3256). Regd ZS-ACT [CofR 73]
6.8.31 to De Havilland Aircraft of South Africa Ltd. Regd .31 to Rhodesian Aviation Co. Regn cld 6.32. Regd in
Southern Rhodesia as VP-YAN 16.8.33 to Rhodesian Aviation Co Ltd. Reformed 12.10.33 and regd 17.11.33 to
Rhodesian & Nyasaland Airways Ltd, Mount Hampden. Regn cld 2.35. Regd in Belgian Congo as OO-CAC
[CofR C9] 25.2.35 to Aero Club du Katanga, Elizabethville. Sold 14.11.35 to Man Mohan Singh [to replace








Percival Gull G-ABUR, wrecked Luwinga, N Rhodesia en route Croydon-Cape Town 26.8.35]. Flown by Singh to
Cape Town, giving joyrides en route; arr 1.36. Regn cld 14.1.36. Regd in South Africa as ZS-AGZ 9.3.36. To
JHN Hobday, Mafeking. Impressed 3.40 as SAAF 2024. To 70 Air School as instructional airframe IS209. To
71 Air School. Soc at No.2 Air Depot 22.11.44.
To FA Dufaux, Switzerland with CofA 3069 issued 19.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3257). Regd CH-274 23.6.31
to FA Dufaux, Geneva-Cointrin. Flew into HT cables and crashed nr Versoix 31.5.33 [pilot Dufaux]. Regn cld
10.8.33. Note: engine fitted by DH 9.33 to DH.60GIII CH-359 c/n 5041.
To T & A Bata/Bata Shoe Co, Switzerland with CofA 3052 issued 19.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3251).
Delivered 23.6.31 and regd CH-276 28.7.31 to Dr G Wettstein, Zurich-Dubendorf [presumably as nominee for
Bata]. Re-regd HB-ERA 1.35 [but not used]. Regn cld 3.9.35 as sold abroad. Regd in Czechoslavakia as
OK-ATU 10.9.35 to T & A Bata, Zlin. To Masaryk Air League, and regd to Zlinski Letecka AS, Zlin .35. Regn cld
31.1.38. Sold to Austria and regd OE-AAI to Anton Habsburg. Re-regd in Germany as D-EAAI 4.39 to
Erzherzog Anton Habsburg-Lothringen, Shloss, Sonnberg, Austria. Regn cld 5.45. (See also comments on c/n
To T & A Bata/Bata Shoe Co, Zagreb, Yugoslavia with CofA 3053 issued 6.7.31; dd 29.7.31. (Fitted with Gipsy
III #3252). Regd UN-PAX [CofR 24] 18.8.31 to Societe "Bata", Zagreb (based Borovo). Some time used by
Aero Club. Re-regd YU-PAX 9.33. Regn cld 1.10.36. Regd G-AEOA [CofR 7377] 1.10.36 to Airwork Ltd,
Heston. CofA renewed 14.4.37. Regd [CofR 7866] 6.5.37 to Harry Samuel Griffiths, Walsall. Sold 7.37 to
Stanley Hardy, Birmingham, possibly remained based at Walsall. Regn cld 10.37 as sold abroad. Regd [CofR
8463] 21.4.38 to Flt Lt Stanley Hobson Hardy, Birmingham [based Castle Bromwich]. Regd [CofR 8835]
25.10.38 to Flt Lt Stanley Hobson Hardy & Arthur Harrison, Birmingham (based Castle Bromwich). Cld 1.5.39 &
regd 11.5.39 to William Horace Leadbetter, Erdington, Birmingham (based Castle Bromwich/Elmdon). CofA
lapsed 4.8.40. Regn cld 15.5.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as ES921 31.5.41 and used by HQ ATA
White Waltham. To Gatwick 19.3.43 for major inspection and repair. To 5 Group Communications Flight,
Swinderby 5.6.43. Loaned to 1660 HCU, Swinderby 10.12.43, until 3.44. To 5 MU Kemble 3.5.45 for storage
and sale. Sold 1.46 to Sqn Ldr RJ Jones for £300. Regd G-AEOA 1.2.46 to Reginald John Jones, RAF Brize
Norton, later t/a East Anglian Flying Services, Southend. CofA renewed 6.6.46. Cld & regd 30.9.46 to Russell
Littledale Whyham, Blackpool (based Squires Gate). Cld 26.11.46 & regd 2.12.46 to Russell Littledale Whyham
& Vivian Hampson Bellamy, t/a Whyham & Bellamy Air Transport, Eastleigh. Dd 16.9.47, cld 18.9.47 & regd
16.10.47 to Air Navigation & Trading Co Ltd, Squires Gate. Cld 22.12.48 & regd 2.2.49 to Speedbird Flying
Clubs Ltd, Denham; changed name 4.49 to Airways Aero Associations Ltd [and regd as such 7.12.49].
Reportedly delivered by road to Squires Gate [by 2.49] for long term storage with Air Navigation & Trading Co
Ltd. CofA lapsed 17.12.49. New CofR No.R489 issued .50. Reportedly to Hurn 3.52. Deld ex Hurn to ANT
Squires Gate 8.52 (sold for £45). Regn cld/sold 4.9.52. Left Squires Gate by road 12.56 and next reported with
Doug Bianchi at White Waltham 4.58 en route to Romsey, Hants 5.58. To T Dance, Southampton University
3.64. Regd 5.6.67 to Dr John Hewlett Brabazon Urmston, Botley, nr Southampton. Rebuilt Botley and reflown
(at Booker) 11.9.68. CofA renewed 24.10.68. Cld 1.8.73 & regd 23.8.73 to Anthony Haig-Thomas, Kirby Hall,
Kirby-le-Soken (based Southend, later Old Warden). CofA lapsed 20.2.74; renewed 6.11.75. Cld & regd
11.9.78 to Edward David Haig-Thomas (remained with father). Cld 15.3.82 & regd 30.3.82 to Andrew Wood,
Halstead & Paul Wood, Great Dunmow, t/a P & A Wood, Audley End and loaned to The Shuttleworth Collection,
Old Warden. CofA lapsed 27.6.95; returned to Audley End.
Regd G-ABMP 6.31 to Christopher Hammersley, Chelsea (based nominally at Heston) (as nominee for Comte
Amadee Costa de Beauregard, Paris-Orly). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3084). CofA 3068 issued 23.6.31. Regd
[CofR 4526] 31.5.33 to Air Taxis Ltd, Stag Lane [Croydon wef 8.33]. Regd [CofR 4976] 28.8.34 to Alfred Ellison,
Lichfield [based Castle Bromwich]. Ellison (with brother George Ellison) departed Castle Bromwich 4.9.34 on
business tour to Europe, North Africa and Capetown; damaged on landing Cairo on return, repaired and arrived
Castle Bromwich 8.10.34. Regd [CofR 5751] 30.3.35 to Henlys Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 6033] 3.7.35 to
Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 7386] 9.10.36 to Frank Gordon King, Northrepps, Norwich (based Mousehold).
Regd [CofR 8048] 12.8.37 to John Glaholme Ormston, Ferryhill, Co Durham (based Woolsington; later to
Broxbourne. CofA lapsed 10.6.39. Regn cld 21.3.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as DP850 25.3.41 but
not taken up. Crashed on delivery flight to TFPP White Waltham 26.3.41 nr Beaconsfield, Bucks following
engine failure; somersaulted on night-time forced landing. Soc 18.4.41.
To Giuseppe Folonari, Italy with CofA 3059 issued 25.6.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3258). Regd I-FOLO [CofR
1123] 10.7.31 to Dr Giuseppe Folonari, Turin-Mirafiori. Regd 29.8.38 to Comte Ferdinando Avogadro di
Collombiano, Uigliano Biella. Note; It was reported that Folonari took delivery of a new DH.80A at Stag Lane
20.8.32; however, he sold I-FOLO 8.38, so is this a reference to a rebuild?.
To Naval Attache, US Embassy, London with CofA 3106 issued 16.7.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3263). US Naval
serial A8877 not carried externally. Based at Hendon and initially impressed 12.5.41 as DR630 but not taken up.
Formally taken over 24.3.42, this time as HM534 and used by 24 Squadron, Hendon. To 5 MU Kemble 2.4.42.
Issued to the Gunnery Research Unit, Exeter 4.9.42. To Gatwick for major inspection 25.7.43; to 5 MU Kemble
20.10.43. Issued to Vickers-Armstrong Aircraft Ltd, Castle Bromwich 27.10.43 and subsequently, on 21.3.44 to
the CRD, Blackburn Aircraft Ltd. Returned to 5 MU Kemble 31.1.45 for disposal. Sold 4.46 to Autowork
(Winchester) Ltd. Regd G-AHLO (CofR 10162) 1.5.46 to Autowork (Winchester) Ltd, Winchester. CofA 8000
issued 27.7.46.
Cld 14.1.49 & regd 23.2.49 to Rudolph Petrus Potgeiter, High Wycombe (based
Benson/Booker). Fitted with Gipsy Major on CofA renewal 28.3.50. CofR No changed to R2195 .50. Cld 6.6.54
& regd 5.7.54 to Central Aeronautical Bureau Ltd, London W1 (based Croydon). Cld 16.7.56 & regd 24.7.56 to
Eric William Dunscombe, Richmond (based Croydon, later Biggin Hill). Cld 24.8.62 & regd 17.9.62 to Norman












Herbert Jones t/a The Tiger Club, Redhill. Damaged in forced landing Omonville, 15 ml N of Cherbourg 5.5.63.
Rebuilt Croydon and CofA renewed 14.4.67. Regn cld 26.9.69 as sold in Canada. Arrived Dalhousie, NB 11.69.
Regd CF-PEI (2) .69 to Father John W MacGillivray (Chaplain of CFB Ottawa South), Petawawa, Ontario and
reflown 24.1.70. Later based at CFB Summerside, PEI. Sold 5.76 to National Aeronautical Collection,
Rockcliffe, Ont. Regd 7.8.84 to National Aviation Museum, Rockcliffe and put on display 17.6.88 [8.03].
Initially reserved as G-ABNF [CofR 3234] but not taken up. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3264). To US Military Attache,
US Embassy, London with CofA 3187 issued 4.9.31, apparently without serial or identification, other than US
military c/s. Flown by Capt Monohan [7.33]. CofA renwed 18.1.34. For sale 5.35 from Hatfield. Regd G-ADOC
[CofR 6188] 8.35 to unknown party (probably Capt Godfrey Bremridge, Weybridge (based Brooklands) to whom
regd in 1937). CofA renewed 6.9.35. Regd [CofR 7827] 21.4.37 to Anthony Ord Humble-Smith, Wimborne,
Dorset (based Christchurch). Believed w/off prior to CofA expiry 17.9.37. Regn cld in 1945 census, but wef .37.
Regd G-ABLY [CofR 3158] 21.7.31 to Rt Hon Baron Grimthorpe (Ralph William Ernest Beckett), Easthorpe Hall,
Malton (based Malton/Hanworth) (DH records show sold initially to National Flying Services). (Fitted with Gipsy
III #3254). CofA 3136 issued 21.7.31. Regn cld at census 1.1.39. Regd 7.2.39 to Flt Lt Cyril Henry Arthur
Colman, Southsea (based Portsmouth). Cld 5.4.39 & regd 6.4.39 to Capt Donald Ian Menzies Kennard,
Hounslow (based Heston). Cld & regd 17.4.39 to Exactor Control Co Ltd, Alperton, Middlesex (based Heston).
CofA lapsed 22.8.40. Regn cld 16.5.41 as sold. Impressed as ES919 31.5.41, and used by HQ ATA White
Waltham. To Broxbourne 12.10.42 for major inspection and to Martin Hearn Ltd for use as hack 14.1.43. To 5
MU Kemble 10.10.43 for storage and officially soc for spares 12.4.44. Rediscovered at 5 MU 12.45 and included
in the famous dispersal sale of ex-civil aircraft. Sold 1.46 to RJ Jones for £300. Regd G-ABLY 1.2.46 to Sqn
Ldr Reginald John Jones, RAF Brize Norton (later Southend). Not converted or civilianised. To Broxbourne for
overhaul Autumn 46; found to have broken rear spar & returned to owner 2.47. Cld 1.3.47 & regd 5.3.47 to
(Jones’ company) East Anglian Flying Services Ltd, Southend. Used for spares for G-ABKZ (c/n 2132) at
Southend .47. Regn cld 16.3.48 as wfu.
Regd G-ABNN [CofR 3242] 6.31 to Flt Lt Edward Hedley Fielden, RAF Hendon, as nominee for HRH The Prince
of Wales. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3265). CofA 3091 issued 13.7.31. Sold 12.32 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co
Ltd, Stag Lane in part exchange for DH.83 G-ACDD. Regd [CofR 4101] 10.12.32 to F/O John Philip Rae,
Wembley (based Stag Lane; owner to Glasgow .34). CofA lapsed 25.7.33. Sold 1Q.35 but not regd. Regn cld
5.35 as sold abroad.
Regd G-ABOF [CofR 3305] 7.31 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane (and used as demonstrator by
Hugh Buckingham). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3262). CofA 3129 issued 17.7.31. Regd [CofR 3857] 7.32 to Eastern
Air Transport Ltd, Skegness. Operated 10.32 by [Eastern’s owner] Michael D Llewellyn Scott (winner London
[Heston] to Cardiff Air Race 15.10.32; operated in Kings Cup Air Race 7.33). Sold .34 to Mrs Irene J Goldspink,
Yalding, Kent (based Redhill and probably operated by Redhill Flying Club from at least 11.35]. For sale 7.37.
Regd [CofR 8368] 24.2.38 to Redhill Flying Club Ltd, Redhill. CofA lapsed 9.9.39. Regn cld 18.3.40 as sold.
Impressed 20.10.40 but allotted instructional airframe 2066M 7.7.40.
To Messrs Bischoff and Klugg, Switzerland with CofA 3132 issued 21.7.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3266). Regd
CH-273 20.7.31 to A Bischoff & Klugg, Basel-Birsfelden. Crashed in Spain 29.1.32. Regn cld 12.32 [or 1.2.32].
To Arnhold & Co, Shanghai, China with CofA 3176 issued 20.8.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3267). Ordered for the
Official Chinese Government for use as communications aircraft at Changsha, Hunan District, Southern China.
Probably to CNAF .32.
To Arnhold & Co, Shanghai, China with CofA 3177 issued 20.8.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3270). To Official
Chinese Government for use as communications aircraft at Changsha, Hunan District, Southern China.
Probably to CNAF .32.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3149 issued 28.7.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3271). Regd as ZS-ACV [CofR 75]
14.8.31 to CJ Christowitz t/a Christowitz Air Services, Blantyre, Nyasaland; named "Nyasa III". Sold to Southern
Rhodesia 20.2.34. Regd VP-YAR 27.2.34 to CJ Christowitz. Regd 12.4.34 to Rhodesia & Nyasaland Airways
Ltd, Mount Hampden. To The de Havilland Aircraft, Salisbury 1.36 (or 6.36). Sold [probably 6.36] to John E
Marzorati, Bulawayo. Crashed 4.8.42.
Regd G-ABPB [CofR 3356] 8.31 to F/O John Henry Thompson, Dawsmere, Holbeach (based Dawsmere/Stag
Lane). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3268). CofA 3166 issued 20.8.31. Regd [CofR 3811] 6.32 to Davis Field Beatty,
(Viscount Borodale), London W1 and Lt Cdr Gustaf Guthrie Rennell Rodd, London W1 (based Stag Lane, later
Heston). Regd [CofR 4577] 29.6.33 to Norman Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Whitchurch. Sold .34 to Robert
Lindsay-Neale, Hatfield. Regd [CofR 5542] 14.1.35 to Henlys Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 6131] 29.7.35 to
Bernard Leslie Pewtress, New Barnet (based Hatfield). CofA lapsed 24.8.39. Regn cld 9.1.40 as sold. To 5
SofTT Locking 16.1.40. Impressed 2.3.40 (but no serial issued). Allotted instructional airframe 2064M 7.7.40.
Later allotted 2316M at Locking 5.11.40. Broken up 28.3.41.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3148 issued 28.7.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3261). Regd ZS-ACU [CofR 74]
14.9.31 to The de Havilland Aircraft of South Africa Ltd. Regd .31 to RD Blake, Newlands [still regd 7.32]. Op by
Rhodesian Aviation Co Ltd .31-4.32. Impressed 3.40 as SAAF 2018. To Nairobi 24.6.41 for AHQ East Africa
To DH South Africa with CofA 3156 issued 7.8.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3269). Delivered as ZS-ACW .31 but
regn not taken up. To Southern Rhodesia and regd VP-YAH 7.10.31 to Rhodesian Aviation Co Ltd, Bulawayo
(purchased on HP by RG Burton 4.32 - 10.33). Regd 17.11.33 to Rhodesian & Nyasaland Airways Ltd, Mount
Hampden. Regn cld early .36. Regd in South Africa as ZS-AFF 14.2.35 to De Havilland Aircraft of South Africa
Ltd. Operated 6.35 by Wilson Airways, Kenya [as replacement for VP-KAY]. Sold .37 to S King Everard and
[sister] Rosamund King Everard, Bonnefoi, E Transvaal. Impressed 3.40 as SAAF 1588. To 69 Air School as












instructional airframe IS206. To 73 Air School 5.42. Soc at No.1 Air Depot 6.9.44.
To Romania with CofA 3141 issued 18.8.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3276). Regd CV-AAI 1.8.31 to Imperial
Archduke Anton Hapsburg - was a wedding present from King Carol for Hapsburg and his bride, Princess Ileana;
based Brasov. Regd 1.10.31 to SA I Ileana de Habsburg. Flown by A & M Habsburg in 1932 Austrian Rundflug.
Reregd YR-AAI c33. Regn cld 24.2.36; sold to Austria. The coincidence of OE-AAI (c/n 2183) with same owner
may need explaining - it is probable that OE-AAI is actually c/n 2199.
Regd G-ABNZ [CofR 3290] 7.31 to unknown party. Regd [CofR 3320] 7.31 to Mrs Leonard Knight Elmhirst,
Dartington Hall, Totnes (based Dartington Hall & Teignmouth) [as nominee for son, US citizen Willard Whitney
Straight]. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3275). CofA 3115 issued 20.8.31. Regd [CofR 5760] 2.4.35 to Brooklands Air
Taxis Ltd, Brooklands. Regd [CofR 6031] 2.7.35 to [Brooklands Air Taxis director] Noel Francis Henkel, London
NW8 (based Brooklands). Regd [CofR 6853] 24.3.36 to Sydney Lewis Turner, Croydon (based Croydon). Regd
[CofR 7107] 4.6.36 to George Maurice Tonge, London SW1 (based Hatfield). Regd [CofR 7509] 4.12.36 (again)
to Noel Francis Henkel, London W2 (based Heston). Regn cld 10.37 as sold abroad. Regd in Ireland as
EI-ABM [CofR 50] 16.10.37 to John B Rogers, Curragh, Co Kildare [based Baldonnel]. Regd 20.5.38 to Thomas
G Cooper & James BS Lawler, Lakeview, Killarney. Regn cld 10.38 as sold abroad; returned to UK. Regd as
G-ABNZ [CofR 8886] 17.11.38 to John Fyson Parry, Limpsfield, Surrey (based Hamsey Green). CofA renewed
2.12.38. Cld 26.1.39 & regd 31.1.39 to Nash Aircraft Sales & Hire Ltd, Croydon. Cld/sold 12.6.39 but not regd.
Sold to Bernard Leslie Pewtress, New Barnet (based Hatfield). CofA lapsed 1.12.39. Impressed 18.1.40 (or
2.3.40) and to 5 S of TT Locking as instructional airframe 2065M (allotted 7.7.40). To No 610 ATC Squadron,
Ladymanners School, Bakewell, Derbyshire .41. Soc as scrap 25.7.45.
Regd G-ABOC [CofR 3300] 7.31 to Her Grace (Mary du Caurroy Russell) the Duchess of Bedford, Woburn.
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3272). CofA 3123 issued 24.7.31. Regd [CofR 6154] 3.8.35 to Airwork Ltd, Heston. Regd
[CofR 6649] 20.1.36 to Flt Lt John Heber-Percy, of 1 FTS, RAF Leuchars. Owner apt Aide de Camp to High
Commissioner for Egypt 8.36; flown by owner 2.37 in Circuit of the Oases Rally, Egypt. CofA lapsed 11.2.38.
Regd [CofR 8364] 22.2.38 to Air Cdre Arthur Corrie Lewin, Njoro, Kenya. Regn cld 5.38 as sold abroad. Regd
in Kenya as VP-KCN [CofR 65] 3.5.38 to Norman E Gladwell, Nairobi. Won Nairobi Aerial Derby 29.1.39 (pilot
Norman Gladwell). Regd 13.4.39 to Alistair M Gibb, Nairobi. Impressed into KAAU 9.39 as K7. At Dar es
Salaam 14.8.43.
To DH South Africa without engine or CofA. Regd ZS-ADK [CofR 90] 31.10.31 to The Aircraft Operating Co of
Africa. Impressed .40 as SAAF 1569. To 69 Air School as instructional airframe IS205. To 73 Air School 5.42.
Soc at No.1 Air Depot 13.7.44.
Regd G-ABSA [CofR 3479] 12.11.31 to Walter Kay, Blundell Sands, Liverpool (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3283). CofA 3262 issued 19.11.31. Flown out to Johannesburg by owner; departing Croydon 20.1.32.
Flown by Kay on flight to Portuguese East Africa which struck radio mast in thunderstorm on landing Lourenco
Marques and crashed 8.32; seriously injuring pilot. Regn cld 10.32 as crashed.
To Sir Bruce Fraser Stewart, Pigeon Bay, New Zealand with CofA 3192 issued 2.9.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3278). Regd ZK-ACX 1.12.31 to Sir Bruce Fraser Stewart, Pigeon Bay, Bank's Peninsula. Loaned to
Canterbury Aero Club, Christchurch .35. Regd [CofR 40] 15.11.35 to AJ Bradshaw, Invercargill; operated by
Southland Airways Ltd; Fleet No 1, named "Hikuwai". Impressed into RNZAF as NZ593 2.7.40. Used by FIS
Hobsonville; later to 2 EFTS Ashburton. To Initial Training Wing, Rotorua. Badly damaged when rear fuselage
was struck by DH.82A NZ661 at Ashburton 16.12.42. Rebuilt by DHNZ Rongotai, with parts from c/n 2001 and
allocated NZ567 27.3.43. Regd as ZK-AJN 23.5.46 (or 2.7.46) to Public Works Dept, Civil Aviation
Administration. Regd 5.7.51 to JR Stackwood, Christchurch. Wfu Christchurch .58 and stored. Briefly
displayed .67 at 50th Anniversary of Flying Training celebration at RNZAF Wigram. Regn cld 31.7.68. To
haybarn at Tai Tapu, near Christchurch. To Golden Age Flying Society, Blenheim for restoration. Sold 6.83 to
Colin F Smith, Gore, Southland. Regd as ZK-ACX 5.6.87 to Colin F Smith, for rebuild using spares from at least
2 other Puss Moths (probably c/n 2001 & 2125). Still on rebuild 2.91; by Croydon Aircraft Co, Mandeville [.98;
.11]. Regn cld as wfu 31.8.01.
To Air Survey Co Ltd, India with CofA 3162 issued 20.8.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3119). Regd VT-ABW [CofR
130] 3.12.31 to Indian Air Survey & Transport Ltd, Dum Dum. Regd [CofR 130/1] 2.4.36 to Raja Shree Karan
Radha Nath Beberta Patnaik, Raja of Athgarh. Sold 4.38 and regd 8.7.38 to GW Smart, c/o Martin & Co,
Calcutta. Impressed as LV767 .42. Used by New Delhi Communications Flight until soc 13.6.44.
To Werner Stocklin, Switzerland with CofA 3214 issued 1.10.31. (Possibly initially test flown erroneously as
CH-233?). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3287). Regd CH-323 6.10.31 to Dr E Mauerhofer, Zurich-Dubendorf. Crashed
Chur 14.2.33. Regn cld 12.6.33.
Regd G-ABPF [CofR 3366] 8.31 to The Air Survey Co Ltd, London SW1 (based Great West Aerodrome,
Harmondsworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3288). CofA 3178 issued 31.8.31. Dep Croydon for Uganda 28.9.31
(pilot Patrick Windsor Lynch-Blosse) for Nile Survey. Regn cld 10.31 as sold (but UK CofA renewed 8.9.32 and
14.8.33). Not regd locally in Uganda, so presumably continued to operate in British marks. Regd G-ABPF
12.33; almost certainly to Frederick Roy Tuckett, who departed Croydon 26.2.34 with John Chapman for
Australia to film proposed MacRobertson Trophy Course; acft marked as “London-Melbourne Air Race Film
Expedition”. Sold in Singapore 5.34 on return leg. Regd [CofR 5115] 30.5.34 to Ong Ee Lim, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaya. Regn cld 26.10.34 as sold abroad. Regd VR-RAF 8.34 to Ong Ee Lim, Kuala Lumpur. Regd .35 to MT
Stanley, Kuala Lumpur. Regd 16.7.36 to Kuala Lumpur Flying Club (having probably been operated by them
throughout Malayan life). Probably still current 6.39.
To DH South Africa with CofA 3216 issued 25.9.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3291). Regd ZS-ACX [CofR 77]
11.11.31 to De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Johannesburg. Regd .32 to Shell Co of South Africa Ltd, Cape Town;










operated by F/O Ernest “Taffy” Drew. Sold 2.36 to RH Manning. Crashed in sea whilst circling "Gloucester
Castle" near Hood Point off East London 10.4.38; passengers Jack Dewar and GJ LeGrange killed, pilot RAK
Pohl rescued.
Regd G-ABRR [CofR 3402] 8.31 to Flt Lt Edward Hedley Fielden, RAF Hendon as nominee for HRH The Prince
of Wales. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3315). CofA 3172 issued 15.9.31. Sold 5.33 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co
Ltd in part exchange for DH.84 G-ACGG. Regd [CofR 4539] 7.6.33 to Cecil Edward Horne (of Horne Bros),
London W11 (based Heston). Regd [CofR 7742] 5.2.37 to Leslie Thumayne Townson, Purley; operated by Air
Dispatch Ltd, Croydon. Regd [CofR 8435] 6.4.38 to Flt Lt Eric E Noddings, Chipstead; nominee for Air Dispatch
Ltd, Croydon. Regd [CofR 8697] 12.8.38 to Frederick T Bingham [and operated by his company Air Taxis Ltd],
Croydon. Operated on behalf of NAC at Barton on outbreak of war. Regn cld 31.3.40 as sold. Impressed as
X9378 31.3.40 and operated by 3 FPP White Waltham. To Gatwick for major inspection 10.8.40. To 5 MU
Kemble 2.10.40 and issued AMDP Boscombe Down 17.10.40. To Aircraft Gun Mounting Establishment,
Duxford 10.2.41. To 49 Sqdn, Scampton 25.8.41. Soc 1.8.44 as to spares. Probably purchased by EL Gandar
Dower for spares, and to Air Taxis Ltd, Kenley .45 for possible rebuild. Work subcontracted to Southern Aircraft
(Gatwick) Ltd; inspected at Gatwick 25.1.46, painted up as G-ABRR, but in poor condition. Not officially restored
and still present 12.47 with some remains extant as late as .53.
To Leon Senden, Belgium with CofA 3221 issued 9.10.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3281). Regd OO-AMN [CofR
254] 17.11.31 to Leon Senden, Antwerp. Sold (4.32) and regd 12.5.32 to Suzanne Lippens, Brussels. Regd
9.1.35 to Gaston Roelandts, Brussels. To Ecole d'Aviation d'Anvers. Regd 9.6.36 to Club d'Aviateurs de
Bruxelles [ASBL], Brussels. Regd 31.8.37 to Pierre Micha, Liege [based Brussels]; to Agandra, Belgian Congo
[by 12.38]. Regn suspended 1.12.43.
To Werner Stocklin, Switzerland with CofA 3255 issued 6.11.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3292). Regd CH-326
20.11.31 to Werner Stocklin, Geneve-Cointrin. Regd [1.33] to Dr Carl Nauer, Zurich-Dubendorf. Flown [by
Nauer] Zurich to Australia, departing 9.3.33 but delayed by accident at Alor Star, arriving Darwin 12.5.33 and
Sydney 30.5.33. Shipped from Melbourne to South Africa. Lost off mouth of Congo River on attempted record
breaking Cape Town to London flight 6.8.33 [or 8.8.33]; Carl Nauer killed. Regn cld 6.9.33.
To Arnhold & Co, Shanghai, China with CofA 3292 issued 18.12.31. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3286). Probably to
Chinese Nationalist Air Force.
Regd G-ABSB [CofR 3484] 19.11.31 to Edward Henry Hillman t/a Hillman's Saloon Coaches & Airways,
Romford (based Heston; to Maylands .32). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3295). CofA 3269 issued 20.11.31; delivered
27.11.31. Operated by Hillmans Airways "Sonny"; fleet No 1. Wfu after accident damage Clacton-on-Sea
7.5.33; 3 injured. Regn cld 1.36 as sold - presumably as spares (CofA lapsed 17.1.34). (Note, quoted as
borrowed by HG Brackley from DH 11.8.34 which seems unlikely).
Regd PH-MAG [CofR 201] 18.11.31 to MAG van der Leeuw, Rotterdam/Waalhaven. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3298). UK CofA 3266 issued 15.12.31. Regd PH-JAO [CofR 201] 3.10.33 to JJ van der Leeuw. Regd mid .34
to FJJM ten Bosch, Waalhaven. Regn cld 4-6.37; regd [CofR 290] 11.8.37 to same owner. Regd 14.2.38 to G
van der Held, Schiphol. Regn lapsed 14.2.41.
To Aerofotos, Brazil with CofA 3293 issued 16.12.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3296). Regd in Argentina as R219
7.2.33 to Julian Fernandez, Buenos Aires. Regd LV-EBA 10.11.37 to Siro Alberto Comi. Regd (12.47) to Jose
Nugoli & Miguel Francisco Vera, Buenos Aires. Still regd 8.50 but cld prior to 5.67.
Regd G-ABTD [CofR 3548] 1.32 to Rupert Harry Beverton, Northwood, Middlesex (based Heston). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3313). CofA 3314 issued 7.1.32. Regd [CofR 3799] 6.32 to Marmaduke Rowland Alderson & Gerald
Aubrey Alderson, Emsworth, Hants (based Hanworth). Regd [CofR 4207] 21.2.33 to Samuel Harris, Caterham,
Surrey (based Croydon); flown Croydon-Egypt 2.33 by owner & SF Woods. Operated wef 7.36 by Harris’s
Croydon Airways Ltd/Croydon Flying Club; receiver appt 16.3.37. For sale by Personal Airways as "ex Croydon
Flying Club" 3.37, but probably not sold; later for sale by estate agents Harris & Gillow. Advertised for sale by
WS Shackleton Ltd as "ex Sam Harris" 8.38. Regd (CofR 8738) 8.9.38 to Howard Randall Brocas Waters,
London NW3 (based Hatfield). Regd [CofR 8899] 24.11.38 to Capt Edward Hayden Tinker, Braunton (based
Barnstaple, to Cairo by 9.39). By (40/41) probably owned jointly by Tinker & Major John Hackett (both with
Trans-Jordan Frontier Force). Flown Lydda-Zerka 4.5.41; still operated by TJFF, Zerka, Trans-Jordan.
Purchased by Major Genl JB Glubb [Glubb Pasha] 12.7.41 on behalf of Arab Legion for £410 from Major Hackett
(who had been posted to the Western Desert). Flown into Alexandria [still as G-ABTD] 21.10.41 by Lord Apsley;
who was advised 17.11.41 that he was not authorised by HQ RAF ME to fly it as G-ABTD on military duty.
Officially grounded 27.3.42 (“until taken over by RAF or handed back to Major Hackett”). Purchased 22.4.42 by
Glubb Pasha (again?) for £450 and flown by Lord Apsley to Egypt for repair same day. Decision by RAF 7.6.42
to purchase aircraft for Arab Legion; to be based with Communication Flight, Levant. Ferried to 206(M) Group,
Heliopolis, ME 6.42 and impressed there as HK861. On 24.6.42, Lord Apsley was permitted to continue flying
aircraft until RAF could supply suitable pilot. Soc 1.5.43. UK regn cld 6.11.45 in census.
Regd G-ABSO [CofR 3524] 12.31 to Edward Henry Hillman t/a Hillman's Saloon Coaches & Airways, Romford
(based Heston; to Maylands ’32). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3309). CofA 3291 issued 22.12.31. Operated by
Hillman's Airways; fleet No 2. Regd [CofR 4536] 2.6.33 to The Hon Brian Lewis, t/a Brian Lewis & Co, Heston.
Purchased 7.33 by Capt Philip “Bill” Bailey, who fitted a PB Deviator - an early automatic pilot device (later flown
as such by FG Miles 9.3.36). Note – the PB Deviator was invented by J Pollock Brown; see Flight 27.2.31,
although Bailey may have had a financial interest in PB Deviator Ltd. Operated by (Bailey’s company) Air
Charter, Croydon. Regd [CofR 5460] 22.11.34 to Capt Philip “Bill” Bailey, Wallington (based Croydon) and later
possibly operated by Personal Airways. Operated on behalf of NAC at Barton on outbreak of war. To 24
Squadron, Hendon 2.10.39. CofA lapsed 12.3.40. Regn cld 1.4.40 as sold. Engine failure en route to 20 MU













Aston Down 5.4.40 and forced landed nr Tewkesbury, Glos. Impressed as X9439 10.5.40 (but not used). Soc
17.8.40 as w/off.
Regd G-ABTV 2.32 to Guy Wilfrid Harben, London W1 (based Heston). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3321). CofA
3352 issued 9.2.32. Regd [CofR 7332] 8.9.36 to Malcolm & Farquharson Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 8135]
13.10.37 to George de Horne Vaizey, London EC (based Heston). Cld 15.7.39 & regd 21.7.39 to John
Christopher Hyland, Cuffley, Herts (based Broxbourne). Regn cld 16.3.41 by Secretary of State. Impressed as
DP846 25.3.41 and used by HQ ATA White Waltham. Soc following major inspection 26.7.42.
Regd G-ABUJ [CofR 3634] 4.3.32 to The Anglo-American Oil Co Ltd, Heston; painted in Pratts c/s. (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3299). CofA 3381 issued 21.3.32 (and dd via Henlys 23.3.32). Crashed off Seaview, Isle of Wight
15.7.33; (pilot James O'C Hanstock and passenger injured; aircraft salvaged and removed by lorry; pilot later
prosecuted for flying an aeroplane to the danger of persons and property). Regn cld 12.33 as wfu.
Regd G-ABUX [CofR 3653] 11.3.32 to F/O Herbert Cecil Douglas “Rex” Hayter, Newbury (based RAF Northolt;
later Rotherwick House, Basingstoke; alias Hartley Row?). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3300). CofA 3387 issued
15.3.32. Owner joined British Air Navigation Co Ltd [BANCO], Croydon 11.33 and acft operated by them 6.34,
possibly at Shoreham; coy ceased operations 4.35. CofA lapsed 19.3.40. Regn cld 15.12.40 by Secretary of
State. Impressed as DD821 15.12.40 and used by HQ ATA White Waltham. Tipped up on nose taxying in high
winds Tollerton 8.4.42 and later struck by another aircraft. Soc as w/off 14.4.42.
Delivered to The Asahi newspaper, Osaka with CofA 3338 issued 1.2.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3351). Regd
J-BBAA 4.32 to Asahi Teiki Koku-Kai; fleet no. Asahi No.107. Lost in Sea of Japan, en route Manchu-Osaka.
Delivered to The Asahi newspaper, Osaka with CofA 3337 issued 28.1.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3346). Regd
J-BBBA 4.32 to Asahi Teiki Koku-Kai; named "Hiyo", fleet no.Asahi No.108.
Regd G-ABVT [CofR 3694] 3.32 to Jack Edgar Tyler, Crouch End, London N8 (based Stag Lane). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3354). CofA 3419 issued 18.4.32. Regd [CofR 3987] 10.32 to F/O John Philip Rae, Wembley (based
Stag Lane). Regd [CofR 4245] 6.3.33 to Walter Lawrence Hope and operated by [his company] Air Taxis Ltd,
Stag Lane. Regd [CofR 4701] 3.11.33 to Maj Henry Philip Lawton Higmann, St Austell. Delivered 9.11.33 to
Generalitat de Catalunya by Jose Canudas (based Barcelona). Regn cld 3.34 as sold. Regd in Spain as
EC-AAV to Servicios de Aeronautica de la Generalidad de Cataluna; named "Nuria". Impounded 10.34 by the
Aviacion Militar in Barcelona due to a general strike/revolution & remained impounded until 16.1.36 following a
General Election. Used by Spanish Republicans in Catalonia in Civil War. Regn cld 12.11.40.
To Ministry of Defence, Baghdad, Iraq with CofA 3399 issued 17.3.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3356). Dd by sea;
arr Basra 4.8.32; erected & flown to Hinaidi 19.8.32. To Iraqi Air Force as 10 and fitted with bombracks. Wfu (by
8.39) and scrapped end .39.
To Ministry of Defence, Baghdad, Iraq with CofA 3400 issued 15.3.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3357). Dd by sea;
arr Basra 4.8.32; erected & flown to Hinaidi 19.8.32. To Iraqi Air Force as 11 and fitted with bombracks. Wfu (by
8.39) and scrapped end .39.
To Ministry of Defence, Baghdad, Iraq with CofA 3397 issued 16.3.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3338). Dd by sea;
arr Basra 4.8.32; erected & flown to Hinaidi 19.8.32. To Iraqi Air Force as 12 and fitted with bombracks. Wfu
and scrapped 8.39.
To Frau Agatha Saulmann, Erlendorf-Wittenburg, Germany with CofA 3353 issued 17.2.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III
#3358). Regd D-2235 3.32 and delivered via Heston to Cologne 5.3.32. UK CofA renewed 9.5.33, 18.5.34 &
6.12.34. Regd D-EPYK 6.34 to Willy Wiesner, Berlin [quoting c/n 135]. Forced landed with minor damage
10.34. Still regd [12.35].
Regd G-ABVX [CofR 3706] 18.4.32 to Edward Henry Hillman, Romford (based Heston; later Maylands). (Fitted
with Gipsy III #3361). CofA 3423 issued 22.4.32. Operated by Hillman's Airways, Maylands, named "Gilford";
fleet No 4. Regd [CofR 6559] 3.12.35 to Charles Goldsmith, London E3 (based Stapleford). Cld 2.6.39 & regd
6.6.39 to Horton Kirby Flying Club Ltd, Horton Kirby. Regn cld 15.11.39 as sold. To 10 MU Hullavington
18.11.39. Impressed as X5044 2.3.40. Issued to RAF Farnborough 29.4.41. To 26 Sqdn Gatwick 4.5.41.
Major inspection locally 6.41; to 10 MU Hullavington 22.6.41. Issued to SHQ Horsham St.Faith 19.9.41. Soc for
spares 11.9.45.
Regd G-ABWA [CofR 3709] 4.32 to Capt Francis Robert Walker, London W1 (based Hanworth). (Fitted with
Gipsy III #3368). CofA 3424 issued 21.4.32; deld 22.4.32. (Winner - Morning Post Air Race, Heston 21.5.32
and 5.6.33). To Walker's new company, Brooklands Airways Ltd 2.33. Probably operated [3.34-8.34] by Olley
Air Service Ltd, Croydon. Regd [CofR 5582] 30.1.35 to Air Commerce Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 6350] 28.9.35
to Kenneth James Nalson, London WC1; probably operated by his company, Air Pullmans (Croydon) Ltd,
Croydon. Sold 4.36 and regd [CofR 7002] 9.5.36 to F/O John Kempston Lawrence, Sevenoaks; operated by
Lawrence Aircraft Hire, West Malling. Crashed in mouth of Seine off Le Havre 30.12.36 en route Paris-Lympne
whilst on hire to [writer] Charles Kennett [pseudonym for Charles K Upjohn-Carter]; no casualties. (Hired by
Kennett 23.12.36 to collect jewellery from Spanish Nationalist refugees ex Albacete to finance arms purchases).
Wreck salvaged and believed returned to London. Regn cld 12.37 as wfu.
Supplied as a spare fuselage to DH India without engine. No CofA and probably used in rebuild (perhaps c/n
Used by de Havillands as E.8 for accident investigation research during .32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3365).
Delivered to 'E' Flight, RAE Farnborough for tests to balanced rudder 21.11.32, returned to Stag Lane 29.11.32.
Fitted with Gipsy Major #5535 and regd G-ACYT [CofR 5380] 24.10.34 to William Goldsmith, Bow, London E3
(based Abridge; later Gravesend). CofA 4553 issued 23.11.34. Stored at Gravesend in WWII until moved to
Horton Kirby 6.40. CofA lapsed 13.4.40. Used unofficially by P/O Wilcox for surveying gun and searchlight sites
in Medway area. Regn cld 31.5.41 as wfu. Impressed as ES920 31.5.41 and used by HQ ATA White Waltham.









Soc for spares during major inspection 17.9.42.
Regd G-ABWG [CofR 3727] 4.32 to Robert Nixon Thompson, Blythe, Northumberland (based Cramlington).
(Fitted with Gipsy III #3379). CofA 3432 issued 9.5.32. Regd [CofR 5937] 6.6.35 to The Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Aero Club Ltd, Cramlington, later Woolsington. Delivered 19.12.39 to 3 S of TT Blackpool. Regn cld 17.3.40 as
sold. Impressed 19.1.40 (or 10.5.40) but no serial issued. Allotted instructional airframe 2069M 7.7.40.
Regd G-ABYP [CofR 3885] 7.32 to The de Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3410).
CofA 3549 issued 10.8.32. Regd [CofR 3932] 8.32 to The Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd, Castle Bromwich and flown by
Capt HS Robertson for trials/demonstrations of Dunlop Differential Braking System, as well as flight testing new
equipment; (later based Croydon). Five-week European tour departed Croydon 29.8.32 flown by Robertson.
Regd [CofR 5237] 13.7.34 to Douglas Keith Fairweather, Whitecraigs, Renfrewshire [based Whitecraigs]. Regd
[CofR 8494] 9.5.38 to Douglas Keith Fairweather & The Hon Mrs Margaret Fairweather, Whitecraigs and
Renfrew. Sold via WS Shackleton Ltd 3.39; cld 10.3.39 and regd 14.3.39 to Richard Spencer Latham Boote,
London NW8 (based Hatfield). CofA lapsed 16.2.40. Regn cld 5.10.40 as sold. Impressed as BK870 27.10.40
and used by 1 FPP White Waltham. To Gatwick following damage 19.3.43; repaired and to 5 MU Kemble
20.7.43. Soc for spares 12.4.44 but BBOC .45 and issued to Wick Communications Flight 6.10.45. To 5 MU
Kemble 22.12.45 for disposal. Sold 30.5.46 to Joan Nayler. Regd G-ABYP 5.7.46 to Miss Joan Emily Nayler,
London N14; op by Nayler Air Services, White Waltham. CofA renewed 28.2.47. Crashed and dbf whilst landing
on Eaton Bray Sportsdrome, Beds 31.8.47, inbound from White Waltham. Regn cld 20.10.47 as destroyed.
Regd G-ABYU [CofR 3894] 8.32 to Walter Adamson as nominee for Leslie Irvin of The Irving Air Chute of Great
Britain Ltd, Ashwell, nr Letchworth, Herts. (Fitted with Gipsy Major #5202). CofA 3589 issued 23.9.32. Sold
3.34 to Henry Leslie Johnson, Coventry (based Castle Bromwich). Regd [CofR 7446] 10.11.36 to Alfred Ellison,
Lichfield (based Castle Bromwich). Left Castle Bromwich for Oasis Rally, Cairo 11.2.37 flown by Mr/Mrs Ellison
but did not apparantly arrive. Regn cld 6.37 as sold abroad. Regd in France as F-AQCE [CofR 5304] 30.6.37 to
Aero Club des Landes, Mont de Marsan. Regn cld post .39 (but possibly to Spain?).
To Club Aereo de Quelimane, Mozambique with CofA 3483 issued 2.6.32 (but no such aero club at time –
probably to local resident). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3381). Regd CR-MAE .32.
Regd G-ABWZ [CofR 3767] 5.32 to Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Brooklands. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3385). CofA
3487 issued 13.6.32. Regd [CofR 3888] 7.32 to Norman Edgar, t/a Norman Edgar & Co, Whitchurch. Operated
on aerial delivery van services wef 13.9.32 by JS Fry & Sons Ltd from their factory strip at Somerdale; painted in
Fry's Chocolate c/s (pilot F/O WNL Cope). Loaned by Fry's to Marquis of Douglas & Clydesdale's HoustonMount Everest Expedition and flown by Air Cdre PFM Fellowes. Departed Heston 16.2.33 and arrived Karachi
7.3.33; returned to UK 15.5.33. Operated [7.34] by Edgar's company, Norman Edgar [Western Airways] Ltd,
Weston-super-Mare, (Major E Cadbury, MD of Fry's, had an investment in NEWA). Still painted in Fry's
Chocolate c/s .35, but removed by 9.35. Transferred 10.38 to Western Airways Ltd [on take-over by Straight
Corporation Ltd]. Regd 9.12.38 to The Plymouth & District Aero Club Ltd, Roborough. Crashed nr Chipping
Norton 17.12.38. Regn cld as wfu wef 17.12.38 on census.
To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3578 issued 14.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3397). To Japanese Army;
probably as “64”.
Regd G-ABXJ [CofR 3782] 11.6.32 to Capt Max Hutcheon Findlay; as nominee for Mashusi Hachisuka, Tring
(based Hanworth). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3407). CofA 3486 issued 21.6.32. Real owner was cousin of Emperor
of Japan and was intending to fly to Japan. Damaged Tripoli, Italy; returned to Hanworth for repairs. Regn cld
7.33 as sold abroad. Shipped to Yokohama, arr 4.7.33; test flown 24.7.33. Regd J-BEAF 26.7.33 [with c/n
“2228”] to Marquis Masashi [Mashusi?] Hachisuka; based Haneda. Regn cld 12.34 [following owner’s emigration
to USA in 5.34]. To Japanese Army 4.35 as “Aikoku [Patriotism] No.114”.
To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3579 issued 14.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3416). To Japanese Army.
Regd G-ABYW [CofR 3896] 8.32 to Marmaduke Furness, The Rt Hon The Viscount Furness, London SW1
(based Stag Lane; later Heston/Burrough Court, Melton Mowbray, Leics). (Fitted with Gipsy III #3441). CofA
3562 issued 2.9.32. Flown by Furness's pilot, Tom Campbell-Black. Sold 3.35 and regd [CofR 6039] 3.7.35 to
Thomas (Campbell Black, Great Hallingbury, Essex (based Hatfield); operated late 35 by Campbell Black
(Aviation) Ltd, Heston. Flown 4.36-10.36 on British Empire Air Displays tour. Flown to Spain by Campbell Black
on charter to Marquis de Rivas de Linares carrying funds to buy ex British Airways Fokker F.XIIs for Spanish
Nationalists, departed Heston 28.7.36 to Le Bourget-Bordeaux-Burgos (30/7) - Lisbon (31/7) and back to Paris;
(confirmed sightings at Paris 2.8.36, Pamplona 7.8.36 and Burgos 11.8.36). Subsequently sold by CampbellBlack to Spanish Nationalists [prior to his fatal accident on 19.9.36]. Regn cld 2.37 as sold.
Regd G-ABXY [CofR 3816] 6.32 to James Allan Mollison, Stag Lane; named "The Heart's Content" (after place
in Newfoundland and replacement for G-ABKG). CofA 3553 issued 4.8.32; deld same day. Special
single-seater with additional 75 & 45 gallon fuel tanks in cabin. Flown on east to west Transatlantic crossing
18-19.8.32, leaving Portmarnock Strand, Dublin and arriving Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick; (31 hours 20 mins
or 30 hrs 10 mins); first solo east-west lightplane crossing of North Atlantic and longest non-stop lightplane flight.
Flown on to New York 21.8.32 but intended return flight abandoned 28.8.32 due to bad weather and returned to
UK aboard SS Empress of Britain 3.9.32-8.9.32. Fitted with Gipsy Major #5050 (test flown 21.11.32) and flown
across South Atlantic leaving Lympne 6.2.33 and arriving Port Natal, Brazil 9.2.33, (3 days 10 hours 8 mins) and
on to Rio de Janeiro, arrived 11.2.33. Sold 7.33 to Laurence Lipton, London E3 (based Stag Lane, later
Hatfield). Regd [CofR 4775] 2.1.34 to Harold Leslie Brook, Harrogate (based Sherburn-in-Elmet). Crashed due
to icing in fog on Mont Lozere, nr Genolhac, Gard, France 28.3.34 en route Lympne to Australia; Brook slightly
injured. Wreck salvaged and shipped back to England late 34. Regn cld 12.34 as wfu. (Note: salvaged engine
fitted to Brook’s Falcon G-ACTM).






To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3580 issued 14.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3477). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3585 issued 14.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3476). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3595 issued 26.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3475). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui & Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3596 issued 28.9.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3522). To Japanese Army.
CofA 3682 issued (to DH) 8.12.32. Regd G-ACBL [CofR 4055] 17.12.32 to Major Frederick Whitfield Barrett,
Wroughton; fitted with Gipsy Major #5017. Regn cld 1.33 as wfu. Reportedly ferried to Spain as EC-W18 [regn
unconfirmed, since also reported on LAPE Fokker F.VIIb/3m]. Regd in Spain as EC-VAA 1.34 to Teodoro
Martel, Barajas, Madrid. To Francisco Moreno, Barajas .35/36. Taken over by Spanish Nationalists 7.36 and
flown to Portugal to pick up General Sanjurjo. Crashed into trees on take off from field Marinla, near Cascais,
Portugal 19.7.36 [20.7.36?], killing General Sanjurjo and slightly injuring pilot Capt Juan Ansaldo. Regn cld
Regd G-ACAB [CofR 3984] 10.32 to Miss Amy Mollison, Stag Lane; named "The Desert Cloud"; fitted with Gipsy
Major #5014. CofA 3647 issued 8.11.32. Lympne to Cape Town flight 14.11.32 - 18.11.32 (4 days 6 hrs 54
mins); return flight Cape Town to Croydon 11.12.32 - 18.12.32, (7 days 7 hrs 5 mins). Mollison awarded 1932
Segrave Memorial Trophy for this flight. Displayed 17.2.33 inside Lewis's Department Store in Leeds. Sold .33
to Henlys Ltd, Heston. Regd [CofR 4501] 11.5.33 to Birkett Air Service Ltd, Heston. Cld as sold 6.2.39. Regd
23.5.39 to Utility Airways Ltd, Hooton Park. CofA lapsed 5.2.40. Destroyed by fire Hooton Park 8.7.40. Regn
cld 8.7.40 as wfu.
Ff 20.10.32. To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3659 issued 11.11.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3533). To
Japanese Army.
Ff 22.11.32. To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3669 issued 24.11.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3545). To
Japanese Army.
Ff 24.11.32. To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3670 issued 24.11.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3547). To
Japanese Army.
Ff 6.12.32. To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3683 issued 7.12.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3548). To Japanese
Ff 15.12.32. To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3690 issued 15.12.32. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3541). To
Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3779 issued 17.2.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3542). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3780 issued 17.2.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3569). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3789 issued 2.3.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3570). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3790 issued 4.3.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3574). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 3803 issued 13.3.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3576). To Japanese Army.
To Mitsui Co Ltd, Japan with CofA 38l6 issued 17.3.33. (Fitted with Gipsy III #3577). To Japanese Army.
Regd G-ACFE (CofR 4249) 3.33 to Walter Laurence Hope, Teddington (based Croydon); fitted with Gipsy Major
#5175. Regd [CofR 4497] 10.5.33 to Capt Hubert Stanford Broad, Stag Lane (probably as nominee for next
owner. CofA 3833 issued 10.5.33. Regn cld 4.34 as sold. Regd in France as F-AMYR 27.4.34 to F Collas de
Gournay, Paris. Regd 5.36 to Mme S Goute, Pontoise. Regn cld post .39.
To Wilson Airways Ltd, Kenya; fitted with Gipsy Major #5328 and CofA 4039 issued 5.10.33. Regd VP-KAZ
10.33 to Wilson Airways Ltd, Nairobi (and dd 9.10.33). Impressed into KAAU 9.39 as K5. At Dar-es-Salaam

Note: The c/n’s 2261 to 2266 were used by DH for various “one-off” aircraft and those built by the DH Technical School.
In addition to production at Stag Lane, a number were assembled by De Havilland Canada at Downsview from
what were British supplied dis-assembled units [ie there was no local “manufacture” as such]. Assemblies
started arriving at Downsview in September 1930. They were given local c/n's, initially DHC.129-131 & 133-139
but these were re-sequenced from DHC.201 by December 1930 [and the earlier numbers simply continued the
DH.60M sequence]. Whilst it had been hoped to service civilian orders, these were not forthcoming. However,
fortunately, the Canadian Government took an interest and placed an initial order for RCAF blind flying trainers in
December 1930 [this was Contract Demand CD333 for 10 aircraft – RCAF 169-178]. A further three aircraft
[RCAF 179-181] were ordered under CD426 in January 1931 and was followed by an order for four [GCYUR/UU] for Civil Government Air Operations [CGAO].
There were 25 Puss Moths assembled in all and were delivered in three batches. The first 19, (of which 17 were
the above orders) were built in February/June l931. Two (or three) more were built at the end of 1931 and the
final 3 assembled in 1934/35.
It is likely that all Canadian-assembled DH.80As were fitted with Gipsy III.
RCAF Puss Moths were specially modified for blind flying instruction. This consisted mainly of a blind flying
panel that was held in position along the ceiling of the cockpit by pins at its front end and by an elastic
tensioner anchored at the rear of the aircraft. The panel was brought into use by pulling it forward over a
hinge in the ceiling and down (against the tension), and then securing it by a couple of pins. The panel


obscured the forward vision of the trainee, while triangular frosted glass obscured his side view. It was an
ingenious system for which Verdon Levick was granted a patent in both Canada and the USA.
Initial deliveries to the RCAF appear to have been made to E Flight, 2 Sqn, Flying Training Wing [FTW]; the
FTW consisted of three Squadrons, each with three Flights. Despite early enthusiasm by the RCAF, the
Puss Moth proved unsuitable to the strain placed on it by blind flying training. This was confirmed by a
thorough stress analysis by the Aeronautical Engineering Department which revealed a number of
weaknesses, even before the crash of G-CYUT on 21.3.32. This crash resulted in the grounding of all RCAF
Puss Moths, and the rest of 1932 was spent trying to resolve the structural problems. In Oct 1932, it was
decided to select six aircraft (169, 173, 174, 176, 177, 180) to be brought fully up to aerobatic standards, to
allow blind flying training to be continued.
By the time these six aircraft returned to service in Feb/Mar 1933 (and following the severe budget cuts of
early 1932), the FTW had been reduced to the Flying Training School [FTS], consisting of two Flights. By
July of that year the Puss Moths had been withdrawn from the training role again. Besides six aircraft
transferred to the Controller of Civil Aviation [CCA] for use by the District Inspectors [DI] across Canada, the
remaining aircraft were either engaged in light transportation duties or were put into storage. Eventually, it
was decided to withdraw all the RCAF Puss Moths in August 1935, at which time only 174 and 651 were
active. In an act of frugality, instruments (and even Gipsy III engines) were removed from withdrawn Puss
Moths and sent to DHC to be installed in the four Tiger Moths being assembled for the Flying Clubs. The
CCA also replaced their remaining Puss Moths over the next twelve months.










Rec’d Downsview 4.9.30. Ff after assembly 24.2.31 and toc by RCAF as 169 25.2.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32 and to Ottawa 3.5.32; used by RCMP Commissioner wef 11.6.32. To DHC 3.12.32
for aerobatic mods. To FTS [ITS?] Camp Borden 10.4.33 but returned to Ottawa and RCMP Commissioner
23.4.33. To Winnipeg 28.7.33 [after accident Radville, SK 18.6.33] for complete overhaul. Accepted by AID
14.2.35 and re-serialled 651 10.4.35. Returned to Ottawa & RCMP 9.6.35. Wfu 8.35 and to No 1 Depot, Ottawa
for storage 1.4.36. Soc to spares 14.l.37.
Rec’d Downsview 4.9.30. Ff after assembly 25.2.31 and toc by RCAF as 170 25.2.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. To Ottawa 3.5.32 for overhaul but suspended and stored. Application for w/off 12.8.36 and soc to
spares 14.1.37.
Rec’d Downsview 4.9.30. Ff after assembly 26.2.31 and toc by RCAF as 171 2.3.31 at FTW/2TS Camp Borden.
Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for mods 3.8.32. Regd CF-CCI 25.10.32 to Dept of National Defence; op by
Controller of Civil Aviation; based St Hubert, Quebec. Forced landed with centre-section failure on ice Lake
Matchi-Manitou 28.3.35. Stripped for engine/spares and abandoned - later sank on ice melting. Regn cld
13.4.35 [or 23.5.35]. Soc by RCAF 7.6.35. Some salvaged parts used to repair CF-CCC c/n 216.
Rec’d Downsview 9.10.30. Ff after assembly reported as 29.4.31 [probably 29.3.31] and toc by RCAF as 172
9.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp Borden. Grounded 22.3.32 and to Winnipeg 2.1.33 for overhaul. Declared surplus
2.6.33 and used by District Inspector Howard Ingram, Regina, SK wef 7.7.33. Regd CF-CCF 25.9.33 to Dept of
National Defence; op by Controller of Civil Aviation; based Regina; to Edmonton 3.34. Dbf during refuelling,
Edmonton 3.9.34 2.9.34?]. Regn cld 21.9.34. Soc by RCAF 20.9.34.
Rec’d Downsview 9.10.30. Ff after assembly 14.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 173 16.3.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for mods as Instrument Flt Trainer 1.12.32; ret to ITS Camp Borden
27.2.33. To Ottawa 12.7.33 and used by RCMP Rockcliffe until c.3.34. Wfu 6.35 and to storage 8.35. Soc for
spares 12.8.36.
Rec’d Downsview 9.10.30. Ff after assembly 17.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 174 18.3.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for mods as Instrument Flt Trainer 2.12.32; to ITS Camp Borden 27.2.33.
To Fighter Flight, Trenton 30.6.33 as hack. Wfu 8.35 and stored. Converted to Instructional Airframe A5 at
Trenton 23.7.36; to Technical Training School, St Thomas, Ont. Soc for spares 8.2.44.
Rec’d Downsview 21.11.30. Ff after assembly 24.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 175 27.3.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Damaged when blown over 8.2.32; repairs started 4.32 but suspended and to store 11.32. To DHC for
overhaul 10.10.34. Soc by RCAF 26.2.35. Regd CF-CCL [CofR 1514] 25.1.35 to Dept of National Defence; op
by Controller of Civil Aviation; based Ottawa [also reported at St Hubert as replacement for CF-CCI]. Wfu 8.35.
Toc by RCAF Station Ottawa 27.4.36 for salvage evaluation. Regn cld 19.10.36. Soc for spares by RCAF
Rec’d Downsview 21.11.30. Ff after assembly 28.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 179 10.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. To Ottawa 2.7.31 and to Transportation Flight, Ottawa 9.7.31. To Practice Flight, Ottawa 29.8.31.
Returned to Camp Borden 15.9.31. Badly damaged in forced landing Peterborough, Ont 16.11.31; to DHC
21.11.31 for repairs and mods to instrument flt trainer [see c/n 222]; ret to Camp Borden 31.3.32 [dd 5.4.32].
Used for wing-flutter tests 11.32. To School of Army Co-operation, Camp Borden [11.34] - unconfirmed.
Damaged in forced landing Peterborough, Ont 21.8.35 and to store. Scrapped and burnt early 9.36 at Camp
Borden. Soc 16.9.36.
Rec’d Downsview 21.11.30. Ff after assembly 26.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 177 28.3.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for mods as instrument flt trainer 2.12.32; returned to ITS Camp Borden
17.3.33. To Ottawa 24.6.33 for transfer to CCA. Regd CF-CCJ [CofR 1300] 28.6.33 to Dept of National
Defence; op by Controller of Civil Aviation; based Toronto [to replace CF-CCC]; personal aircraft of CCA District















Inspector Col Douglas G Joy. Dbf Barker Airport, Toronto 12.11.35 in National Air Transport hangar fire. Regn
cld 19.10.36. Soc by RCAF wef 12.11.35.
Rec’d Downsview 5.12.30. Ff after assembly 30.3.31 and toc by RCAF as 178 1.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for mods 17.2.34. Regd CF-CCK 28.3.34 to Dept of National Defence; op
by Controller of Civil Aviation; based Vancouver [delivered 25.5.34]. Active with DH at Toronto [7.10.35]. CofR
lapsed 27.3.36. Regn cld 8.6.36. Airframe burnt late .36. Soc by RCAF 23.4.37.
Rec’d Downsview 5.12.30. Ff after assembly 4.4.31 and toc by RCAF as 176 9.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp Borden.
Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC 2.12.32 for mods as instrument flight trainer; ret to ITS Camp Borden 17.3.33. To
General Purpose Flight, Ottawa 2.7.33; operated [6.34-8.34] by RCMP Commissioner. To No.1 Depot, Ottawa
1.4.36 for storage. Application for w/off 12.8.36 and soc to spares 14.1.37.
Rec’d Downsview 5.12.30. Ff after assembly 10.4.31 and toc by RCAF as 180 16.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC 2.12.32 for mods to instrument flt trainer; ret to ITS Camp Borden 22.3.33.
To General Purpose Flight, Ottawa 15.5.33 [17.5.33?]. Regd CF-CDN [CofR 1376] 24.3.34 to Dept of National
Defence and loaned to Toronto Flying Club, Toronto. Damaged when engine failed Quebec City 25.6.34; CofR
renewed 3.7.35. Regd 2.10.36 to Toronto Flying Club Ltd. CofR withdrawn 13.7.37; renewed 8.9.37 to same
owner. CofR lapsed 8.9.38; renewed 12.9.39. CofR lapsed 24.8.40 and sold to Central Technical School,
Toronto for use as instructional airframe.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Ff after assembly 20.4.31 and toc by RCAF as 181 23.4.31 at FTW/2TS Camp
Borden. Grounded 22.3.32; to DHC for overhaul 10.10.34. Regd CF-CCM [CofR 1493] 26.11.34 to Dept of
National Defence; op by Controller of Civil Aviation; delivered Edmonton 3.12.34-12.12.34 [replacement for CFCCF]. Soc by RCAF 3.12.34. Wfu 4.36 and donated less engine etc to Calgary Institute of Technology & Art,
Calgary as instructional airframe 1.9.36. Write-off authority 4.7.36 & regn cld 19.10.36.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Ff after assembly 10.5.31 and toc by CGAO (Canadian Civil Govt Air Operations) as
G-CYUR 12.5.31; based Ottawa. Grounded 22.3.32; to No 1 Depot, Ottawa for overhaul 9.32 but suspended
and stored wef 31.8.34. Soc 12.8.36; with total hours only 146.45.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Ff after assembly 20.5.31 and toc by CGAO as G-CYUS 20.5.31; based Ottawa.
Badly damaged in forced landing nr Mount Chesney, 10 ml NE of Kingston, Ont 13.8.31; to No 1 Depot, Ottawa
18.8.31 for rebuild; completed 1.2.32. Grounded 22.3.32 and to storage Ottawa 13.12.32. [Also reported as
returned to service 14.10.32 and to store '34]. Converted to instructional airframe A6 (with wings of G-CYUR)
8.36. Soc 3.2.37 on delivery to Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ont. Later returned to Trenton, where
scrapped. Total hours only 55.45.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Ff after assembly 19.5.31 and regd CF-CCC [CofR 987] 27.5.31 to Dept of National
Defence; op by Controller of Civil Aviation, Ottawa; based Toronto [replaced DH.60 G-CALE]. To Ottawa 6.33
and grounded. To DHC for mods 18.5.35; completed 19.7.35 and to St Hubert, Montreal 24.7.35 [replaced CFCCI]. Wfu St Hubert 3.36. Dismantled for spares (by LA Fletcher) 28.7.36. Regn cld 19.10.36.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Toc by CGAO as G-CYUU 31.5.31 at Winnipeg. Grounded 22.3.32; overhauled
33/34. To Communications Flight, Winnipeg 5.35 [also with 8 [GP] Squadron]. Wfu 8.35 and stored. Soc
12.8.36. Fuselage to 12 [AC] Squadron, NPAAF, Winnipeg as instructional airframe.
Rec’d Downsview 13.9.30. Ff after assembly 28.5.31 and toc by CGAO, Ottawa as G-CYUT 5.6.31. Suffered
in-flight wing failure when entered dive during stalling tests and crashed nr Ottawa 21.3.32; killing F/Sgt A
Anderson and injuring pilot F/O AL James. Soc 29.6.32. Total time 55 hrs 25 mins.
Rec’d Downsview 24.6.31. Regd CF-IOL [CofR 1013] 30.6.31 to Imperial Oil Ltd, Toronto and flown by Pat
Reid. Regn lapsed 24.6.33. Damaged in forced landing Strong’s Corner, 35 ml W of Sault Ste Marie, MI
16.9.33. To DHC for inspection and sold 8.12.33 “ as is” to Toronto Flying Club; rebuilt by DHC [reflown 6.3.34].
Regd CF-CDM 28.3.34 to Toronto Flying Club Ltd, Downsview. CofR lapsed 28.3.35; renewed 4.5.35. Badly
damaged in head-on collision with DH.90 CF-BBD which had swung off the runway on landing Toronto 19.4.37.
Sold 11.37 for conversion to snowmobile. Regn lapsed 8.9.38.
Regd CF-APD [CofR 1068] 21.12.31 to Capt H Spooner, St Lambert, Quebec [as nominee for Alexander
Stillman, New York City]. Badly damaged on landing in marsh Gary, IN 20.7.32; regn lapsed 20.12.32; renewed
29.9.33. Regd [CofR 1344] 8.10.33 to LP Goyette, Montreal. Grounded 3.36; CofR renewed 21.10.36. New
CofR 2035/A53 issued 24.7.37/12.8.37. CofR lapsed 12.8.38; renewed 24.3.39. Regd [CofR 2405/A53] 12.4.39
to Dr R Simard, St Lambert, Quebec [based Montreal]. Regd 7.3.41 to C Powell, Westmount, Quebec [based
Montreal]. Regd 16.5.41 to E Reynolds, Montreal. Regd 13.7.42 to MAC Smith, St Hubert, Quebec. Wfu 10.42
& stored Rougemount, PQ; CofR renewed 10.12.45. CofR lapsed 18.4.48. Sold 21.10.50 and regd 3.3.51 to JE
Gauthier, Sainte Therese, Quebec. Sold 12.51 (but not regd) to PG Mercier, St Laurent, Quebec. Wfu & regn
lapsed 24.2.52. Found in barn [.89] following storage there since 1953 and bought by Andre Raymond, St
Jerome, PQ [a Rolls-Royce car restorer] and on rebuild [93]. Sold .03 to Old Rhinebeck, USA.
Regd CF-APE [CofR 1108] 30.3.32 to WJ Holland, Edmonton. Damaged in forced landing on take-off Robb,
Alberta 30.7.32; repaired. Regd [CofR 1202] 22.9.32 to Independent Airways Ltd, Edmonton. Regn lapsed
29.3.33; renewed 12.5.33. Sold 1.4.34 to RC Reed, Edmonton and regd 9.4.34 to Edmonton & Northern Alberta
Aero Club, Edmonton. Damaged following take-off from ploughed field Kinuso, Alberta 9.6.34; repaired. Regd
5.12.34 to RC Reed, Lacombe, Alberta. Regd [CofR 1656] 7.1.36 to RM Halpenny, and operated by United Air
Transport, Edmonton. Sold mid .36 to Fleet Aircraft of Canada, Fort Erie, Ontario [probably in part exchange for
Waco CF-BBP]. Regn suspended 23.6.37 and cld 9.7.37. Reduced to spares.
Untraced and probably used for spares or tests. Speculatively, it might have been used to rebuild c/n 208.
Regd CF-AVA 22.6.34 to Consolidated Mining & Smelting Co of Canada Ltd (Cominco), Trail, BC. Regn lapsed
20.5.36; renewed 8.6.36. Regd 10.8.36 to Clifford Gordon Piddington Renfrew, Okanagan Mission, BC [based




Vernon, BC]. Regd [CofR 2057] 24.8.37 to same owner. Regn lapsed 24.8.38; renewed 21.5.39. Regn lapsed
17.8.42 and stored. In storage Kelowna, BC .50. Regn cld 29.11.50. Sold to Skeeter Carlson late 50s. Sold
23.2.62 and regd in USA as N223EC 21.9.62 to Ed "Skeeter" Carlson, Spokane, WA. Rebuilt with Gipsy Major
and issued experimental CofA 18.7.69; reflown 20.7.69. Last flown .84; overhauled and engine tested 6.00;
stored Ox Meadows, Spokane; painted as CF-AVA. Roaded to Felts Field, Spokane mid.12 on sale by Carlson
to Ben Cox (Bristol-based but probably to be restored and remain at Spokane). Regd 17.6.13 to International Air
Services Inc, c/o Ben Cox, Bristol.
Regd CF-AVB 7.7.34 to AB McLaren, Buckingham, Quebec [based Ottawa]. Regd 25.6.36 to WN Deisher,
Ottawa and operated by Laurentian Air Services. Regn lapsed 13.7.37; regd [CofR 2056] 27.8.37 to same
owner [but out of service again 9.37]. Regn lapsed 27.8.38; renewed 5.5.39. Regd [CofR 2449/A61] 19.5.39 to
AJ Denis, Windsor, Ontario. Regd 28.12.39 to L Hudson, Galt, Ontario. Regn lapsed 3.7.42 and stored. Sold
.46 to CR Wiens, St. Catharines, Ontario. Sold 2.47 to JM Duguay, Port Menier, Quebec and converted to
Regd CF-AVC 4.4.35 to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd, Toronto. Regd 23.5.35 to Aerovia Ltd [RC
Jacobsen], Toronto. Regd 12.6.37 to RC Jacobsen, Toronto. Regn lapsed 14.7.42 and stored. Regd 10.5.46 to
same owner. Regd 20.10.53 to WP Davies, Scarborough, Ontario. Regd 26.7.54 to DE Corbett, Oshawa & F
Smith, Toronto. Regd 6.7.55 to DE Corbett, Oshawa & HJ Jenkins, Whitby, Ont [based Toronto]. Regd 30.9.55
to Bruce N Smith, Pickering, Ontario. Fitted with Gipsy Major. Regn lapsed 6.4.58 and placed in storage. Regn
cld 3.10.91. Reportedly with Andre Raymond, St Jerome [.99]. On rebuild [00-03] by Tony Barrett on behalf of
Bruce Smith, Lakefield, Ont. Sold to UK [7.03] for rebuild & dd 8.03 to Ron Souch/Aero Antiques, Hill Farm,
Durley. Regd G-FAVC 21.11.03 to Richard A Seeley, London SW13. Regd 2.10.06 to Liddell Aircraft Ltd [Peter
Lovegrove], Ferndown, Dorset; rebuilt by Ron Souch, “rolled-out” nearing completion 5.10 and then on
completion 13.11.10; engine runs 8.3.11 & reflown 2.6.11. PtoF 22.7.11. Sold to Reynolds Foundation,
Wetaskiwin; regn pending 15.3.13 & shipped back to Canada; departing Hurn 13.5.13; on display [7.13]. Regn
cld 15.5.13 as sold Canada.

c/n's 2193 2194 2212
4xPuss Moths were ordered 7.31 by Changsha, Honan Province via Arnhold & Co Ltd.
No identities known, it is reported that some of these aircraft were lost or captured in the Sino-Japanese war which
commenced 10.31. None were however seized with the DH.60s at Mukden, Manchuria [Fongtien].
A report dated 9.32 commented that two Puss Moths had been supplied to Hunan Aviation Bureau, Changsha, Hunan
Province by Arnhold & Co. A subsequent report [1938] has two Puss Moths operated by Hui T'ung Aviation [or Air
Navigation] Co, Peiping. This was a Japanese run company and thus the aircraft probably came from the Japan licenceproduction.
At 1/37, the Chinese AF was reported as still having 2 Puss Moths
See also Manchuria.
Reports that LAN-Chile operated two Puss Moths in the mid 30s and that an "airworthy" LAN Puss Moth was displayed
alongside their 707 CC-CEA in 1967 both refer to DH.60G Gipsy Moths.
CF-AGO 2004
CF-AGQ 2015
CF-AGS 2016
CF-AGT 2018
CF-AGU 2017
CF-AGV 2019
CF-AGW 2039
CF-AGY 2048
CF-APD 220
CF-APE 221
CF-APK 2049
“CF-APK” 2022
CF-AVA 223
CF-AVB 224




An unidentified Puss Moth was loaned by DHC to Canadian Airways 11.30 for air mail trials based in Montreal and was
returned 22.12.30.


Note that the above four only wore the "last two" as a serial with RCAF roundels.
RCAF 169
RCAF 170
RCAF 171
RCAF 172
RCAF 173
RCAF 174
RCAF 175
RCAF 176
RCAF 177
RCAF 178
RCAF 179
RCAF 180
RCAF 181
RCAF 651


Instructional Airframes


see note

Note :

CR-MAD is confirmed as a DH.80A, probably regd c.31/32 and second hand. Not c/n 2100 as has been
suggested but probably c/n 2115.



CR-HAA 2040
CR-LAH 2040







Unidentified DH.80A regd 2.36 to August Zink, Roth/Numberg. Noted at Plauen 23.7.40 flown by Herr Zima.

It is reported that at least one (possibly more) DH.80A was airworthy in both Summer 1942 and mid 1944. No identity
A photo is known which appears to be of D-EPEX; a regn cld 8.38. The regn may be fake since the aircraft appeared in a
comedy film ‘Quax, der Bruchpilot’ starring Heinz Ruhmann; the film was released in 1941 but may have been shot earlier?
M-W135 2064
M-CNNA 2064

2246 [unconfirmed]

Notes :

An unidentified Puss Moth was to be used by Capt Ignacio Jimenez for a world flight in early 32, departing
Madrid, Circuit of Africa, India, Australia, Japan, China, Berlin, Paris and Madrid (40,250 mls).
On 20.5.35 a DH.80A of Aero Club de Catalonia (or Catalan Generalty) crashed at Canudas Airfield; 2 killed.
G-ABYW c/n 2240 was used by Spanish Nationalists from 8.36.
F-AQCE c/n 2234 may have been used in Spain after 6.37.



See also G-ABDL c/n 2106.
It has been reported that Viscomte de Sibour's Puss Moth was bought by Ethiopia [by 6.35]. Its identity is unknown;
however this report may simply have confused the purchase 3.30 by Ras Tafari, Regent of Abyssinia, of Sibour’s DH.60M
However, an unidentified DH.80A was acquired for use by Emperor Haile Selassie .36. Probably not given any identity and
formally on charge of Imperial Ethiopian Air Force.






A number of Puss Moths were owned and operated in France under British marks, with UK nominee owners,
because the French authorities initially declined to certify the type.
See c/n 2070, 2075, 2158, 2185.
VP-KBW c/n 2154 was allegedly sold in France.
G-AAZY c/n 2025 delivered to Baron de Precourt, Paris July 1930 and written off 5.7.30.
One DH.80A was used by Groupe FFI (Forces Francais de l'Interieur) in Southern France during allied invasion
wef 8.44. Coded "Z" - possibly F-ANRZ or F-APFZ?. This, or another was requisitioned at Ruelle and was
operated by R18 [or R8] of Groupe FFI at Bordeaux [late 44] painted in invasion stripes and with white "Cross of









Class 'B'


British Military








A Puss Moth recorded as AM449 (actually a Tomahawk diverted to China) was flown on at least 11 occasions
by Sqn Ldr J.S.Dunlevie between 30.7.41 and 15.10.41 while based at SHQ Swanton Morley. This is obviously
an unofficial or incorrect serial and almost certainly relates to EM995 c/n 2173. It may have been incorrectly

HA-AAD was purchased by Andor Hertelendy, Budapest early .34 in exchange for damaged DH.60G G-AALG c/n 1411.
Presumably second-hand in UK and possibly G-ABGD c/n 2104.



HB-EFE 2062
HB-ERA 2183
See also G-ABJD c/n 2144, used by Robert Mussard in Switzerland 1931/34.
There is a report that SCADTA operated an unidentified Puss Moth in the mid 30s.




See also G-ABFU c/n 2123

Unconfirmed report of DH.80A used by Japanese Students Aviation League [reported as ex G-ABKG – but in


serial known


The following 17 were delivered to Mitsui & Co in 1932/33 and have been suggested as all being used by Japanese Army
with serials 64-68 & 114-125: C/n's 2237, 2239, 2242, 2243, 2244, 2245, 2248/2258.
However, 12 were purchased via Mitsui & Co (Mitsui Bussan) by MKKK [Manshu Koku Kabushiki Kaisha/Manchukho
Aviation Co Ltd] in November 1932 and were delivered between December 1932 and May 1933, becoming M-11 to M-22.
Logic might suggest these were 2237, 2239, 2242-2245, 2253-2258.
The Japanese Army also used c/n 2238 (but see the Manchurian ones above) and is reported to have seized some
DH.80As at Fongtien [Manchuria] .31 [unconfirmed].
Others are likely to have been used by the Japanese-owned and managed Hui Tung in China.
A Japanese Army Puss Moth was shot down 3.7.39 by Russians/Mongols during a reconnaissance flight over the desert of
Hulun Buyr, along the Khalkhyn Gol River, carrying Lt Col Takushiro Hattori, Chief of Operations Planning of the Kanton
At least one was extant in Tokyo in May 1940 because there was a request by the local Fokkes & Koch office to their Berlin
office to see if a Walter engine could be fitted to a Puss Moth in replacement of a Gipsy Major.


LV-EBA 2215




Notes :

The following unidentified DH.80As were sold in Argentina C/n 2108, 2112, 2129 & 2130.
R193 regd to P.Mortola; possibly crashed 21.10.31.
R194 regd to Cesear A Fogliarino, San Fernando. Re-regd LV-WAA 10.11.37 to same owner [still regd
31.12.38]. Owned (12.47) by Oscar Francisco Rao, Buenos Aires. Still regd 8.50. Re-regd LV-FBZ 29.12.50 to
C Fosatti y Cia SA, Buenos Aires. Regd [5.67] to Francisco Ribo, Buenos Aires [but also quoted as to C Fosatti
y Cia 1.5.67]. (Note - quotes 1931 build date).
R200 regd (33) to Hector A Fernandez. Re-regd LV-WEA 10.11.37 to same owner [still regd 31.12.38]. Owned
(12.47) by Julio Cirico Mayoraz & Mauricio Lorenzo Dotti, Santa Fe. Still so regd 8.50 but regn cld prior to 5.67.
R209 Regd (33) to Pedro V Mortola. Sold to Club Aereo Bahia Blanca. Crashed nr Estombe 30.8.36.
LV-FBZ see R194 above
LV-WAA see R194 above
LV-WEA see R200 above

12 were purchased via Mitsui & Co (Mitsui Bussan) by MKKK [Manshu Koku Kabushiki Kaisha/Manchukho Aviation Co Ltd]
in November 1932 and were delivered between December 1932 and May 1933, becoming M-11 to M-22. Logic might
suggest these were 2237, 2239, 2242-2245, 2253-2258.
15 DH.80A's were produced (without a manufacturing licence) by Manshu Koku KK (Manchurian Aviation) in 1934 as the
Manko Type 3 a dusing engines acquired via Mitsui. They were regd M-23 to M-37.
Manchurian Airlines operated 25 Puss Moths, including the 15 licence built and 10 imports (see Japan).
Six were acquired by Manchurian Aviation Co [Manshyu Kohku Kabushiki Kaisha], Mukden mid-33 for operation on DairenMukden route. Still being operated .38.
Three more were purchased mid.33 for use by the Leased Territory Gendarmerie, Dairen.
N223EC 223
NC770N 2140
N770N 2140
The US Embassy, London purchased c/n 2187 and 2188. The former was given US Navy serial A8877; no serial traced
for latter.
See also c/n 2075; 220


OE-AAI 2183
OE-DFS 2082
OE-TEK 2147
See also c/n 2199
OK-ATF 2097


OK-ATG 2102
OK-ATU 2183
OK-OFK 2147


In 6.30, Georges Hanet bought Puss Moth G-AAFA [c/n 2038] and won Belgian Coupe Challenge International 28.9.30.
See also G-ABDI c/n 2091 & G-ABXJ c/n 2238
Additionally VP-KAM c/n 2153 was briefly sold in Belgian Congo but probably never regd.
It was reported in 3.34 that the Belgian Air Attache, Paris [Major Chevalier Willy Coppens] visited Croydon flying a Belgian
military Puss Moth.


Herman Theodor Van Marken of Amsterdam owned/operated an unidentified British regd DH.80A 12.32.
SE-ACU 2050
SE-AFH 2038
SE-AHO 2118
SP-AEO 2082
A Polish regd DH.80A was reported as being present at opening of Bromma Airport, Stockholm 22.5.36.


See also G-AAXS [c/n 2009] and G-ABBS [c/n 2020].



VH-USV 2066
Additionally the following were sent to Australia but were either returned to the UK or were used for spares
without local regn:- c/n's 2078, 2079, 2086, 2087, 2094 & 2095. The CofA's and regn certificates for all Australian Puss
Moths were cancelled 23.9.32 following the accident to 2052. Restorations only took place following wing structure mods.
Also G-AAYE c/n 2037 possibly exported in 1932 and not regd locally.
A Royal Aero Club of NSW Puss Moth was reportedly damaged in a forced landing on North Brighton Golf Course 17.5.36
(but see VH-UQB).
see G-AAXJ c/n 2006


KAAU K3 (Note)
KAAU K5 2260
KAAU K7 2201
KAAU K17 (Note)
Note :

K3 and K17 were probably c/n's 2076/2153 (both are quoted as being ex VP-KBI).
K3 was at Dar-es-Salaam 17.3.44.
K17 was at Port Reitz 7.5.42. It crashed on landing Dar-es-Salaam 15.12.42

G-ABGT c/n 2120 was sold in Nyasaland 12.35 - no regn known.
ZS-ACS c/n 2169 and ZS-ACV c/n 2195 operated in Nyasaland 1931/34 as Nyasa I and Nyasa III.
VP-RAE 2103
G-ABPF c/n 2207 operated in Uganda 1931/33


G-AAXZ c/n 2030 was operated in Southern Rhodesia '36.
ZS-ACG c/n 2126 was sold abroad early 32 and was operated in Rhodesia in .33. No local regn known.
VR-RAF 2207




See also c/n 2118


Unidentified is c/n 2230, probably used in rebuild.
An unidentified Puss Moth was flown by RN Chawla from Delhi 11.7.34; then Karachi to Heston, departing 20.7.34, arriving
5.8.34. It was then shipped to New York for onward flight to San Francisco, then on to Japan and return flight to India.
[Possibly VT-ACI c/n 2111]
The Hundu Newspaper for 25.9.12 reported on an “81-year-old” Puss Moth having been acquired for rebuild by Steve
Borgia of Chennai from its former owner Ramanathan Avudiappa Chettiar. A local aviation historian (Anuradha Reddy)
was quoted as saying the aircraft was first registered in 1931 and after several owners, its registration lapsed in 1942. The
aircraft had been moved for conservation to a hotel in Swamimalai, Thanjavur District about six months ago. The engine
was nearing completion of a rebuild by Shivam Sabesan, a deputy manager at Nissan. On completion of rebuild, the
aircraft would move to Chettinad. Despite all the detail, the airframe in the photo appeared to be an Auster skeleton.




In addition, King Feisel had c/n 2148 delivered 4.31. Probably no serial issued.
By 23.8.39 (RIAF Order of Battle), four Puss Moths were still on charge of RIAF but were u/s, with # 12 awaiting “writeoff”. Three remained on charge 20.11.39 “awaiting Board”. By 29.2.40, none were listed and must have been scrapped or
disposed of by then.
An unidentified Airwork Puss Moth was flown to Baghdad by Geoffrey Mahony, departing Heston 23.4.32 to inaugurate
internal services in Iraq.


Two Puss Moths were delivered to the Croatian AF (ZNDH) in 1941 and had serials 5551 & 5552. While hitherto reported


as ex Aeroput, they were not of Yugoslav origin.






An ex-Argentine civil DH.80A was purchased by Paraguay during the Chaco War [1932/35] but its export was blocked by
the Argentine Government; identity not known.






2019 2165
2024 2181
2025 2169
SAAF Instructional Airframes
IS205 2202
IS206 2198
IS207 2126
IS208 2165
IS209 2181
IS210 2169

ZS-ACQ regd early .32 to F Beamish.
ZS-ADT regd 16.7.32 to Durban Light Plane Club. Crashed 2.11.35. [Possibly G-ABFY c/n 2115]
ZS-ADV regd 5.9.32 to Dr Godfrey C.Dalton. Named 'Skylark'. Crashed Rosherville, nr. Alberton 29.8.36;
following Dr Dalton having heart attack shortly after take off from Rand Airport, Johannesburg. Student
pilot/passenger Steve Kruger took over control and crash-landed it after 35 mins.
G-ABFY c/n 2115 was flown to South Africa 9.31 and sold there in 1932 to The Durban Light Plane Club and is
thus probably ZS-ADT.
G-ABGR c/n 2116 probably to South Africa 8.31
An unidentified Puss Moth crashed 23.1.35 at Karibib, SWA and burnt out. It was owned by Mr Weissner who
had bought it a few days earlier.
Walter Kay crashed en route Johannesburg to PEA; possibly G-ABSA.



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