Aircraft Type and Background
de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth / G-ACGD
(Civil & Military)
The de Havilland DH.60 Gipsy Moth was a very popular aircraft during the 1920's and 1930's. It was used as a civil aircraft, and also by aviation clubs. The DH.60G variant featured on this page was constructed mainly of wood, with some metal components.
Later variants of the Gipsy Moth (the DH.60M series) were constructed mainly of metal. This variant of the Gipsy Moth was ordered by the RAF as trainers and light communication aircraft. The RAF also used them at their air displays to perform aerobatics.
The Gipsy Moth feature here had a Gipsy III engine. It's speed was about 100 mph, with a cruising speed of about 85 mph. It's range was about 300 miles, and its service ceiling about 18,000 ft.
BELOW: The DH.60 Moth belonging to the Shuttleworth Trust, flying at the Old Warden Summer Show 2009. The eighth Moth produced, it was delivered to the Lancashire Aero Club by Alan Cobham on 29 August 1925. It has a Cirrus III engine but the early straight (single) axle.
Photo: 2009 TSRL
Aircraft Accident Details
This de Havilland DH.60G Gypsy Moth aircraft was owned and operated by Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd. MSAF operated a fleet of DH Dragon Rapide and similar aircraft on passenger-carrying routes.
The owner of this Gipsy Moth 1 based his airline fleet at Renfrew Aerodrome, near Glasgow. From there, the Company's aircraft flew to and from Campbeltown, Islay, and other areas of Scotland. They also operated flights to Dublin, Ireland and to the Isle of Man.
On the occasion of the accident, DH.60G G-ACGD hit a hill [Broad Law] whilst flying to Carlisle on 25.7.36. Both the pilot and the passenger were killed.
Owner of this aircraft fleet: The owner of Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd. was John Cuthill Sword who was associated with the Airdrie bakery firm of 'Sword's'. John C Sword was also the general manager of Western Scottish Motor Traction (Western SMT) buses, Kilmarnock (now operated by Stagecoach as Stagecoach Western).
Aircraft Pilot / Passenger Casualties
This was a civil aircraft (pilot and one passenger only). The names of the pilot and passenger were:
(Details of accident and occupants kindly provided by Alan Leishman.)
Crash Site Photos
At the moment, there are no photos of this crash site at Broad Law. Very little wreckage remains. However, photos of the remaining fragments will be added here at a later date.
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 25 Jul 1936
Accident Site: Broad Law [map of hill]
Nearest main road: A701
Region: Scottish Borders
Nearest towns or villages:
Peebles (NE) or Moffat (S)
OS Grid Ref. N/A
GPS Ref. N/A
Present Condition: Fragments only remain at the crash site.
Other air crash sites in this vicinity:
1) de Havilland Dominie X7400 crash on 28 Feb. 1949 at Dollar Law, Peebles.
2) ANEC Missel Thrush G-EBRI crash on 20 July 1928 at Broad Law.
Registration or Serial: G-ACGD
Operator: Midland and Scottish Air Ferries Ltd., Renfrew.
Operating Base: Renfrew Airport (Original Name: Moorpark Aerodrome) (X6GR)
Base Location: Renfrew, near Glasgow.
Current Airport Status: Extinct; closed 1 May 1966; now, overbuilt with housing, commercial units, and M8 motorway.
Nearest Operational Airport: Glasgow International Airport, Abbotsinch near Glasgow.
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DH Gipsy Moth G-ACGD
Broad Law, Peebles, Borders