DH Tiger Moth G-ANPC

Benarty Hill, Ballingry, Kinross














Aircraft Type Photo


BELOW: A restored de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth (N81DH) in flight.


restored dh-82a tiger moth n81dh in flight


Photo: 1989 'Towpilot'. Released by the author to the public domain under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License.






Aircraft Type and Background


de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth G-ANPC



Aircraft Type Nickname: Tiggie



The de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth was a two-seat primary trainer biplane, build during the 1930's. It was powered with a 130 hp de Havilland Gipsy Major I engine.


The Tiger Moth was successor to the de Havilland Gipsy Moth, and involved a redesign of the upper and lower wing areas to permit more room in the front seat (occupied by the trainee pilot).


In the early days of the war, when aircraft were in short supply, Coastal Command set up a squadron of Coastal Patrol Flights (CPFs) using camouflaged de Havilland Tiger Moths and other similar types. There were six of these squadrons, one of which—No. 2 CPF —was based at RAF Abbotsinch, near Glasgow. Their purpose was to patrol the seas looking for U-boats, etc.




BELOW: A British registered civilian DH-82A Tiger Moth (G-AGHY) at Kemble Airfield, Gloucestershire, England.


a dh-82a tiger moth at kemble airfiield in gloucestershire england


Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.



BELOW: British registered DH-82A Tiger Moth (G-ACDJ), built in 1933, at Kemble Airfield (time lapse webcam here).


RAF Kemble


dh-82a tiger moth G-ACDJ built in 1933 at kemble airfield


Photo: 2005 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone). Released by the author to the public domain.






Aircraft Accident Details


The Tiger Moth had taken off from Portmoak [map] on the north east side of Loch Leven [in Kinross] when it came down on Benarty hill [map]. The Pilot walked off the hill.


The aircraft belonged to Portmoak Gliding Club and was being used as a glider tug. It is believed to have been recovered from the crash site.




[Above information based on details kindly provided by Brian McCudden. Additional details kindly provided by Alan Thomson.]






Aircraft Pilot Survivor


The pilot of this aircraft escaped serious injury. His name was:


    Mr Tom Docherty







Crash Site Photos


At the moment, there are no crash site photos for this aircraft.








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Crash Date / Site



Accident Date: 2 Jan 1967


Accident Site:

Benarty Hill [map]


Region: Perth and Kinross.


Nearest towns or villages: Ballingry [map] or Kinross [map]


Nearest large town:

Kinross (W)


OS Grid Ref. N/A


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: Aircraft recovered from crash site.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: G-ANPC


Operator: Portmoak Gliding Club


Operating Airfield: Portmoak Airfield.


Airfield Location: Portmoak, Scotlandwell, Perth and Kinross.


Current Airfield Status: Operational civil airfield (gliders and glider tugs)


Current Airfield Name: Portmoak Airfield (Scottish Gliding Centre)





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