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De Havilland Tiger Moth in Wartime RAF colour scheme.[2]

Model DH 82
Role Initial Trainer aircraft
Crew Two - pupil and instructor
First flight
Entered service Late 1931
Manufacturer de Haviland
Length 23ft 11in
Wingspan 29ft 4in
Height 8ft 9 1/2in
Wing area 239 sq ft
Empty 1,115lb
Loaded 1,825lb
Maximum takeoff
Engine One de Haviland Gypsy Major I
Power (each) 130hp
Internal Fuel
External Fuel
Maximum speed 109.5mph at sea level
Cruising speed 93mph
Range 302miles
Ceiling 13,600ft
Rate of climb 673ft/min
Guns None
Bombs/Rockets Usually none[N 1]

The De Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth was the RAF's standard initial training aircraft during World War 2, entering service in 1931, and not being replaced by De Havilland Canada Chipmunks until the early 1950s.[3]

Appearances in Piece of CakeEdit

The NovelEdit

In Chapter 8 (August 1940) Air Commodore 'Baggy' Bletchley uses a Tiger Moth to fly to Bodkin Hazel, to inform Hornet Squadron that the altitude code for radio transmissions had been changed, with the stated 'angels' being four thousand feet below the true height instead of two thousand. Bletchley decided to deliver the news in person because the telephone lines at Bodkin were out of action, and using a Tiger Moth would have been quicker than sending a dispatch rider.[4]

The MiniseriesEdit

At the beginning of Episode 1, a Tiger Moth (number 59) is seen in the background while Squadron Leader Ramsey is taxiing towards the new slit trench. A Tiger Moth - possibly the same aircraft - is seen later in the same episode in the background at La Troquet, when Hornet Squadron arrive in France.[5]

Notes and sourcesEdit


  1. Some examples were fitted with racks to carry small bombs for anti U-Boat duties.


  1. History of British Military Training Aircraft by Ray Sturtivant. Published 1987 by Haynes Publishing Group. ISBN 0 85429 579 8. Page 61.
  2. Find Me A Gift
  3. Sturtivant, Ray. 1987.
  4. Piece of Cake page 625.
  5. Piece of Cake Episode 1