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Dyserth - Biplane Crash

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A De Havilland Giant Moth, possibly G-AAEV
(can’t quite make out the last letter but it can’t be X or Y as they relate to the wrong kind of aircraft)


I don’t yet have the full details (or date) of this incident, which were unearthed by a journalist, Mr Gibson Jones. But it could well have been 1929 - see further down.

I’m told it was possibly a stunt aircraft that gave pleasure flights over Rhyl and that it had guns and they used to shoot at bales in a field.

The plane crashed at Aberkinsey Farm, Dyserth.

The photo belongs to Owen Rowlands, deceased, who lived at the farm on the dual carriageway - Rowlands the milk. It’s thought that he is one of the boys in the photograph.

When I get more details I will add them to this page.

Above is G-AAEV. This might or might not be the aircraft involved in the incident above. But according to Wikipedia and other sources this aircraft (named Youth of Britain) was used by Alan Cobham in an aviation promotional tour of the United Kingdom from May to October in 1929.

Wikipedia says that during the tour Alan Cobham flew 60,000 miles, visited 110 towns and carried 40,000 passengers, including 10,000 children - free of charge.

Another source says the tour was a campaign to convince local authorities of the need for municipal airports.

The Giant Moth had a passenger cabin with 8 seats and the pilot was in an open cockpit behind the wings. It was 39 ft long with a wingspan of 52 feet.

Other sources say this aircraft crashed and was written off at Broken Hill in what is now Zambia in 1930.

Image supplied by the A. J. Jackson collection at Brooklands Museum www.ajjcollection.co.uk