DH Tiger Moth N9202

Ladyland Muir, Lochwinnoch













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


RAF de Havilland DH-82A Tiger Moth /  N9202



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. The Tiger Moth featured below, however, may have been on a training flight.



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


Tiger Moth N9202 was on a dawn anti-submarine patrol when the pilot failed to notice a bank of cloud. He tried to avoid it but the wing hit a hill. (AL)


[The aircraft is believed to have crashed in the vicinity of Ladyland Muir between Kilbirnie and Lochwinnoch, but as yet the crash site has not been positively identified.]






Aircraft Pilot


The pilot of this aircraft escaped with injuries. He was:


Flt / Lt. R. P. M. Gibbs






Crash Site Photos



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




















Crash Date / Site


Accident Date: 26 May 1940


Accident Site:

Ladyland Muir (389m)

(Barony of Ladyland)


Region: Renfrewshire (Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park)


Nearest town or village:

Lochwinnoch or Kilbirnie


Nearest large town:

Kilbirnie (S)


OS Grid Ref. 63 / NS 30.59. (?)


GPS Ref: N/A


Present Condition: It is unlikely that any traces of the accident remain at the crash site, as the aircraft was relatively undamaged in the accident and would have been recovered more or less intact.




Aircraft Details


Registration or Serial: N9202


Operator: RAF (No. 2 Coastal Patrol Flight (2 CPF); a sub-unit of Coastal Command)


Operating Base: RAF Abbotsinch / RN HMS Sanderling


Base Location: Abbotsinch, near Glasgow


Current Airport Status: Operational Civil Airport


Current Airport Name: BAA Glasgow International Airport (EGPF)



Principal airport data courtesy of John Woodside, A Catalogue of UK Airfields





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