I’d hoped to uncover evidence of other Tiger Moths that may have flown with the 312 Squadron during WWII, and my wish just came true! Thanks to a friend in Czech Republic, I now have the identities and histories of 5 Tiger Moths that were assigned to the squadron from 1942 to 1945. I’ve translated the original documentation from Czech to English, and then I searched out as much as I could about where these aircraft might be today, or what might finally have happened to them (in red).
Tiger Moth II DE379. Duration of use: 9-28-1942 to 7-4-1943. Replaced Magister V1014, which was sent away on 10-8-1942. – c/n 85401, fate unknown
Tiger Moth II DE373. Duration of use: 6-29-1943 to 4-14-1944. – c/n 85395, delivered to the Royal Navy as A2127, possibly still exists as a static example in the collection of the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, making inquiries.
Tiger Moth II AX783. Duration of use: 8-6-1944 to 10-3-1944. Forwarded to 313 Squadron. – c/n 3793, registered as G-AFMC before the war, a gale blew it into a hangar in Bradwell Bay on January 1, 1945, destroyed.
Tiger Moth II T8254. Duration of use: 11-9-1944 to 11-25-1944. Taken from 611 Squadron, whose code “FY” it wore. However, the machine used by 312 Squadron before registration in the state. Witness the accident F/Sgt. A. Štance on 10-10-1944. When scrolling to start a test flight in Bradwell Bay -Neuhlídal- direction and crashed into a parked Spitfire IX ML214 5J-K from 126 Squadron, which belonged to Ian Smith – later Prime Minister of Rhodesia. Other damage suffered engine t.r., November 25 when it crashed with Sgt. K. Hruška. Nothing although it did not, but the rate of damage to the wings and nose “Tiger” has led to a write-off. – c/n 84527, written off, modern source says “tipped up in forced landing while lost in bad visibility Abberton Essex 11-25-1944.”
Tiger Moth II DE676. Duration of use: 12-1-1944 to 4-20-1945. The aircraft was slightly damaged on 12-23-1944 flight from Coltishall to Bradwell Bay for an emergency landing. Pilot F/Sgt. J. Prokopec came out unhurt. – c/n 85617, survived the war and sold off charge, registered G-AITD, crashed near Yeadon on 7-7-1959 and was destroyed.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find some parts of one of these, or to locate DE373 intact?