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The de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth
Type c/n Reg History
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7004 ZS-AEE DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7004 [CofA 4069 issued 30.10.33 to P Hunt]. Regd 12.12.33 to Percy Hunt, Johannesburg. Regn cld 10.35 as sold. Gifted to NF Dalal, KD Pochkanawalla & Man Mohan Singh by Indian community of Johannesburg for flight to Bombay. Forced landed en route Entebbe-Juba 2.3.36. Presumed w/off.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7005 ZS-AEJ DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7005 [CofA 4085 issued 10.11.33 to DH South Africa]. Regd 23.3.34. Regd [6.35] to Johannesburg Light Plane Club [still regd .40]. Impressed as SAAF 1407 .40. Regd ZS-AEJ 24.1.46 to Rand Flying Club. Regd in Kenya as VP-KFM 16.4.48 to Caspar Air Charters Ltd, Nairobi. Regd 14.6.56 to JA Gibb, Oldeani, TT. Re-regd 5Y-KFM .64 to same owner. Wfu.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7008 ZS-ALL DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7008 ex G-ACKK Regd 28.7.37. Regn cld as sold Rhodesia 9.10.39. Regd in Southern Rhodesia as VP-YCB 10.39. Crashed.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7019 ZS-AEK DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7019 [CofA 4140 issued 12.1.34 to DH South Africa] Regd 1.3.34. Regd [3.38] to Durban Aero Club. Regn cld 16.10.39 as sold to S Rhodesia. Regd VP-YCH 10.39 to Rhodesia & Nyasaland Airways Ltd; not taken up. To Southern Rhodesia Air Services 10.39 as 252. Crashed Chiloani 3.6.44.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7020 ZS-AEP DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7020 [CofA 4141 issued 12.1.34 to DH South Africa] Regd 1.3.34. Regd [6.40] to Stanley “Pop” People. Destroyed in crash Randfontein 25.6.40; pilot Pop People.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7057 ZS-AFN DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7057 ex G-ACOT Regd 24.1.35 to Frederick T Neale. To Johannesburg Light Plane Club .35. Crashed after engine failure on take-off Baragwanath 7.4.35; no casualties.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7095 ZS-AFI DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7095 [CofA 4741 issued 18.3.35 to Tanganyika Diamond & Gold Development Co and delivered to Eric Wyllie] Regd 3.6.35 to Tanganyika Diamond & Gold Development Co Ltd. Regn cld 25.6.38 as sold Kenya. Regd VP-KCO [CofR 66] 25.6.38 to South & Central African Gold Mines Ltd, Mara Mines, Musoma, Tanganyika. Later to Wilson Airways Ltd[?]. Impressed into KAAU as K-12 9.39. Transferred to SAAF 2036 10.43. Regd ZS-BKE 12.4.47. Regn cld .53. Regd 4.55 to JE Hobson, Somerset East. Regd 1.59 to JB Janik, Eerste River. Regd 6.59 to MH Oettle, Cape. Crashed Bethulie 23.6.59; regn cld 12.59.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7099 ZS-AET DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7099 [CofA 4801 issued 30.4.35 to DH Acft of South Africa]. Regd 10.6.35 to JL Westaway, Grahamestown. Crashed 2.11.36. Regn cld at census 7.47.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7112 ZS-AFS DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7112 [To DH South Africa with CofA 5151 issued 1.10.35]. Regd 12.9.35. Regd [.40] to HP Blinkhorn, Plumstead, CT. Impressed as SAAF 1412 .40. To 61 Squadron 8.40. Crashed into mountains in low cloud nr Harrismith en route Durban 16.10.41; Lt Thompson & Brig HG Eady killed.
DH.85 Leopard Moth 7116 ZS-AHA DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n 7116 [CofA 5230 issued 28.11.35 to DH South Africa] Regd 25.3.36. Regd [40] to Dr PD Hamilton. Impressed as SAAF 1405 .40. To 61 Sqdn 8.40. Regd ZS-AHA 29.1.46 to de Havilland (South Africa) Pty Ltd. Regd VP-KER 30.9.47 to Caspar Air Charters Ltd, Nairobi. Regd 13.8.54 to Wing Cdr HL Dawson, Entebbe. Regd 31.3.55 to Wing Cdr PB Elwell, Entebbe. Regd 12.6.56 to JRL Covey, Nairobi. Regd 12.10.57 to Kagia Farms Ltd, Nairobi. Re-regd 5Y-KER .64 and operated by Eastleigh Flying Group. Damaged on landing Serengeti Game Park, Tanganyika 5.6.64. Rebuilt by Canadian at Wilson Airport, Nairobi 68/69. Regn cld as sold Canada .69. Regd CF-ZJP 12.11.70 to FG MacIntyre, Barrie, Ont. Re-regd C-FZJP 5.2.78 [or 2.5.78] to Ed Zalesky, Crescent Beach, Vancouver; for operation by Canadian Museum of Flight & Transportation (83). On full overhaul by Mark Zalesky [90].
DH.85 Leopard Moth ? ZS-AFX DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n unknown Regd 12.9.35 (or 12.35). Impressed as SAAF 1410 .40.
DH.85 Leopard Moth ? ZS-AIV DH.85 Leopard Moth c/n unknown Regd 1.12.36. Regd [40] to H Calderbank, Potchefstroom. Impressed as SAAF 1411 .40. to 61 Sqdn 8.40. To East Africa 7.5.41. Crashed Nairobi 15.5.41. (possibly c/n 7129).
The majority of the information below has been generously contributed by Malcolm Fillmore and the researchers at Air Britain and Andrew Pentland of de Havilland Aircraft Production
DH.85 Leopard Moth ZS-AEP c/n 7020