De Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth



De Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth

Single engine two seat observation and liaison aircraft



  In mid-October 1939 the Belgian Government requisitioned De Havilland DH.80A Puss Moth OO-AEL owned by Mr. Bangniet of Brussels to serve with the "Escadrille des Estafettes" of the Aéronautique Militaire Belge. Based at Evere (Brussels) airbase the aircraft was mainly used between the capital and Bierset airbase.

In November 1940 the Belgian Colonial Authorities in Belgian Congo requisitioned a single De Havilland DH.80 Puss Moth which was property of Pierre Micha be used by the Openbare Weermacht/Force Publique as communications aircraft during the East African campaign at the Sudanese/Egyptian border. Based at Watsa (North-Eastern Congo) together with De Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth C-1 and the also requisitioned Caudron Pelican OO-ATF "Bolikoko" of Dr. De Beve, the aircraft made many liaison flights in and around Sudan. The aircraft was cancelled on August 6th, 1945 as having being destroyed in an accident.

Picture  Serial c/n Date In Date Out History
-  (OO-AEL) 2075 Oct 1939 1940 OO-AEL, Escadrille des Estafettes (Evere), fate unknown.
- 2210 Nov 1940 1945 OO-AMN, Openbare Weermacht/Force Publique





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