Firstly may i apologise if this message is posted in the wrong discussion section.
I was cleaning out my attic the other day and came across some BOAC items i got as a child flying with BcOAC in 1958. One of them was a BOAC junior club log book signed by the captain of this particular comet flying from Bahrain to London on the 16th August 1960, I remember the ocassion as if it was yesterday. I was also given a BOAC travel bag with lots of goodies to keep me interested on the long flight home.
What i would like to know is was this one of the comets that tragically crashed all those years ago. In my log book is the aircrafts registration but the writing is very hard to read; it looks like Comet 4 GAPDD but the two "D's" could be "N's". I would be very grateful if anyone out there could shed any light on it or if this one was not one of the aircraft that crashed, what happened to it when it was retired from BOAC.
Many thanks in advance for any information
Heres a list of Comet4 crashes:
There's one on display in The Imperial war museum, Duxford if you are in the Uk.
Comet 4 (Registration G-APDB) Imperial War Museum
21 December 1961 - Comet 4 G-ARJM of British European Airways crashed on
takeoff from Ankara, Turkey
The correct serial for this Comet 4 is G-APDD. This particular Comet 4 was disposed of by BOAC/BA to Dan Air London together with others. There is a picture of this particular aircraft, together with another Comet 4 of the same carrier, G-APDP available to view on Flickr. These two aircraft are shown on the flight line at London Gatwick Airport during the 1970s, long before the North Terminal was operational. Dan Air was responsible for operating up to 49 DH Comet 4 aircraft dring the seventies. Do a search for g-APDD on Google - that will show you! \Incidentally, the serial G-APNN was assigned to an Auster piston engined single.
Many many thanks for the information you fowarded to me, i was pleased to see it wasn't one of comets that broke up in mid air, my mum and dad were close friends of a family who were on board one of the ill fated planes, and even more pleased to see it spending the rest of its days with Dan Air. Looking at the photo i found on google it gives me goose bumps and many memories of my childhood spent in Bahrain flying to and from there to London.
Again many thanks for taking the time to answer my e-mail.
Comet 4 G-APDD was delivered to BOAC 18.11.58 as per my copy of Jet Airliner Production List Volume 2 published by the Aviation Hobby Shop. It was sold to Malasian Airways 8.11.65 registered as 9M-AOD. Later purchased by Dan Air 1.10.69 as G-APDD. Eventually WFU & stored at Lasham Hampshire 5.72, broken up 4.73.