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2300

193? The aircraft was registered as E-2.

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACPL.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways.

19? The aircraft was named "Delphinus".

1941 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK844.

10Apr1942 The aircraft crashed during take off at Maaten Bagush.

 

2301

1934 The aircraft was acquired by Holymans Airways.

27Sep1934 The aircraft was registered as VH-URN.

19? The aircraft was named "Miss Hobart".

19Oct1934 The aircraft crashed into Bass Strait near Wilsons Promontory, Victoria, Australia.

 

2302

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACVY.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Railway Air Services.

1948 The aircraft was scrapped at Langley, UK.

 

2303

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACVZ.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Railway Air Services. It was named "Jupiter".

15Mar1937 The aircraft crashed in Germany.

 

2304

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACWC.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways.

193? The aircraft was named "Delia".

19? The aircraft was acqyuired by the British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC).

17Jun1941 The aircraft crashed in Nigeria.

 

2305

19? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was registered as G-ACWD. It was named "Dorado".

1941 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK829.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) .

17Mar1943 The aircraft was written off while landing at Noffution North.

 

2306

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACWE.

22Jan1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-UUA.

193? The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as VT-AKM.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Tata Air Lines.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HX789.

15Sep1942 The aircraft was written off when its undercarraige collapsed at Cochin.

 

2307

01Sep1934 The aircraft was registered as VH-USC.

1934 The aircraft was acquired by QANTAS.

1935 19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialed as A31-5.

194? The aircraft was re-registered as VH-USC.

09Oct1944 The aircraft crashed near Darwin, Nothern Territory, Australia.

 

2308

193? The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways.

22Jan1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-USD.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Tata Air Lines.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as VT-AKZ.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX800.

18Dec1941 The aircraft was written off at Ahmedabad.

 

2309

193? The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways.

22Jan1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-USE.

193? The aircraft was named "R.M.A. Sydney".

20Feb1942 The aircraft crashed at Mount Petrie. The two crew members and seven passengers all died as a result of the accident.

 

2310

1934 The aircraft was completed.

193? The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways.

22Jan1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-USF.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialled as A31-6.

19? The aircraft crashed at Blackall.

194? The aircraft was repaired.

194? The aircraft was acquired by MacRobertson-Miller Airlines.

24Jun1945 The aircraft crashed at Geraldton, Western Australia. 9 of the 11 people on board survived.

 

2311

1934 The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways. It was named "Adelaide".

1934 The aircraft was registered as VH-USG but the registration was later cancelled before being applied to the aircraft.

13Nov1934 The aircraft arrived in Australia at Darwin, Northern Territory.

15Nov1934 The aircraft crashed near Ilfracombe, Queensland, Australia during its delivery flight. Captain A. R. Prendergast and the rest of the crew were killed in the accident.

 

2312

193? The aircraft was acquired by Qantas Empire Airways.

29Jan1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-URT.

193? The aircraft was named "Loina".

193? The aircraft was acquired by Holyman Airways.

02Oct1935 The aircraft crashed into the sea near Flinders Island, Australia.

 

2313

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACYF,

19? The aircraft was re-registered as VR-SBD.

24Jun1940 The aircraft was re-registered in Australia as VH-ADN.

09Jul1940 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialed as A31-2.

 

2314

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACYG.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX840.

14Mar1945 The aircraft was scrapped.

 

2315

1935 The aircraft was acquired by Holymans Airways.

13May1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-USW. It was issued Certificate of Registration number 521. It was named "Lepena".

13Dec1935 The aircraft was damaged during a forced landing on Hunter Island, Tasmanoia, Australia. The pilot was Capt A. M. Bayne. The aircraft was shipped to Essendon, Victoria, Australia and repaired.

193? The aircraft was acquired by Australian National Airways.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and serialed as A31-4.

194? The aircraft was leased by the Civil Air Board (CAB).

27Mar1942 The aircraft was leased to QANTAS Empire Airways.

04May1942 The aircraft was returned to the RAAF.

06Sep1944 The aircraft was leased by the Civil Air Board (CAB).

194? The aircraft was acquired by MacRobertson Miller Airways and re-registered as VH-USW.

1946 The aircraft was sold to a new owner in the UK.

19Nov1946 The aircraft was found to be unsafe and was retired from flying at Allahabad, India.

 

2316

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACZN.

193? The aircraft was acquired by Jersey Airways.

04Nov1938 The aircraft crashed at Jersey, UK.

 

2317

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADCM.

1935 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Draco".

22Oct1935 The aircraft crashed at Zwettl, Austria.

 

2318

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACZO.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Jersey Airways. It was named "The Ouane Bay".

1940 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX841.

16Jul1940 The aircraft was destroyed by Enemy Action at Lee on Solent.

 

2319

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADCN.

1935 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Daedalus".

03Dec1938 The aircraft caught fire and was written off at Bangkok, Thailand.

 

2320

19? The aircraft was registered as SU-ABN.

 

2321

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACZP.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Jersey Airways. It was named "Belcroute Bay".

Jul1940 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX843.

29Aug1940 The aircraft was re-registered as G-ACZP.

Jul1940 The aircraft was returned to the Royal Air Force (RAF) and was re-serialed as AX843.

194? The aircraft was re-registered as G-ACZP.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Bowmaker.

195? The aircraft was acquired by the Lancashire Aircraft Corp Ltd. 1955.

195? The aircraft was acquired by Vivian H. Bellamy. 1960.

21Sep1958 The aircraft was damaged in a taxying accident at Madrid Spain.

19? The airport authorities destroyed the aircraft while it was awaiting repair. Till then, this had been the last flying DH.86.

 

2322

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ACZR.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Jersey Airways.

Jul1940 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX844.

31Mar1943 The aircraft crashed at Donibristle.

 

2323

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19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADEA.

Jun1938 The aircraft was re-registered as VR-SBC.

19? The aircraft was registered as VH-UZX.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialed as A31-7.

01Feb1942 The aircraft was destroyed in an air raid at El Adem.

 

2324

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADEB.

12Aug1936 The aircraft was written off when it crashed in Germany.

 

2325

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADEC.

Sep1938 The aircraft was re-registered as CX-AAH.

 

2326

1935 The aircraft was acquired by Holymans Airways. The aircraft was shipped out to Geelong, Australia on the SS Taranaki.

27Sep1935 The aircraft was registered as VH-UUB. It was issued Certificate of Registration number 542. It was named "Loila".

1936 Holymans Airways merged with Adelaide Airways to form Australian National Airways (ANA).

13Sep1940 The aircraft was impressed into the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialed as A31-3.

04Nov1940 The aircraft was handed over to the RAAF.

1941 The aircraft was allocated to Number 1 Air Ambulance Unit.

19Apr1942 The aircraft was written off when it collided with Beaufighter X7804 at Heliopolis, Egypt.

 

2327

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADMY.

19? The aircraft was impressed into the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as X9442.

Apr1944 The aircraft was struck off RAF charge.

 

2328

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADFF.

1936? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named Dione.

1941 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX760.

26Nov1941 The aircraft was written off when its undercarraige collapsed at Lydda.

 

2329

19? The aircraft was registered as SU-ABO.

 

2330

193? The aircraft was registered as ZK-AEF.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and re-serialed as NZ552.

 

2331

193? The aircraft was registered as ZK-AEG.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and re-serialed as NZ553.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as ZK-AHW.

 

2332

193? The aircraft was registered as ZK-AEH.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal New Zealand Air Force and re-serialed as NZ554.

 

2333

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADUE.

1935 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Dardanus".

1940 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force and re-serialed as AX762.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

 

2334

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADUF.

1936 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Dido".

1940 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK828.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as G-ADUF.

19? The aircraft was acquired by J. A. W. Hill.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as SU-ACR.

 

2335

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADUG.

1936 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Danae".

1940 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK831.

 

2336

193? The aircraft was registered as G-ADUH.

1936 The aircraft was acquired by Union Air Services.

1936? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Dryad".

19? The aircraft was acquired by Bond Air Services.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as EI-ABT.

 

2337

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADUI.

1936 The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways and was named "Denebola".

1940 The aircraft was transferred to BOAC.

194? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK830.

 

2338

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADVJ.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Bond Air Services.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Aer Lingus and re-registered as EI-ABK.

 

2339

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADVK.

 

2340

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYC.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as L8037.

22Feb1942 The aircraft crashed.

 

2341

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYD.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as L8040.

 

2342

193? The aircraft was serialed as E-2.

193? The aircraft was registered as SU-ABV.

08Apr1947 The aircraft was registered as G-AJNB.

Sep1948 The aircraft was exported to the Sudan.

1949 The aircraft was withdrawn from use at Wadi Haifa.

 

2343

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYG.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as N6246.

20Feb1942 The aircraft crashed.

 

2344

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYH.

19? The aircraft was acquired by British Airways.

19? The aircraft was acquired by West Coast Air Services.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as RI-008.

 

2345

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYI.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX795.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as G-ADYI.

19? The aircraft was acquired by N.A.C.

 

2346

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYE.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as CX-ABG.

 

2347

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYF.

 

2348

19? The aircraft was registered as G-ADYJ.

19? The aircraft was acquired by British Airways.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as L7596.

 

2349

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AEAP.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Imperial Airways.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as HK843.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

 

2350

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AEFH.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Railway Air Services.

 

2351

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AEJM.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as X9441.

17Feb1942 The aircraft was written off at Hendon, UK.

 

2352

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AENR

19? The aircraft was acquired by Railway Air Services.

19? The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and re-serialed as AX842.

 

2353

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AETM.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Western Airways.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as OH-SLA.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as OH-IPA.

 

2354

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AEWR.

19? The aircraft was acquired by Railway Air Services.

 

2355

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AFAJ.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as TC-ERK.

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2356

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AFAK.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as TC-FER.

 

2357

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AFAL.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as TC-GEN.

 

2358

19? The aircraft was registered as G-AFAM.

19? The aircraft was re-registered as TC-HEP.

 

2359

10Mar1938 The aircraft was registered as VH-UYU by W.R. Carpenter and Co. Ltd. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

193? The aircraft was named "Carmania".

20Jun1941 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and serialed as A31-8.

 

2360

12Apr1938 The aircraft was registered as VH-UYV by W.R. Carpenter and Co. Ltd. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

193? The aircraft was named "Caronia".

11Dec1939 The aircraft was acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and re-serialed as A31-1.

19? The aircraft was allocated to 2 Air Ambulance Unit (2 AAU).

15Aug1944 The aircraft blew its port tyre during take off. The crew, F/O C. D. Nicholls, Sgt Forsythe, Sgt E. Gay and F/SGT R. D. Smith all escaped unharmed and the aircraft was later repaired.

 

2361

09May1938 The aircraft was registered as VH-UYW by W.R. Carpenter and Co. Ltd. Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

193? The aircraft was named "Carinthia".

15Mar1940 The aircraft crashed into the sea near Kavieng, New Ireland.

 

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