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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:W Rhodes & J W Paulden
Registration: VH-UPP
MSN: 355
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Belmont Commons Airport, Geelong, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Ballan, Victoria
Destination airport:Belmont Commons Airport, Geelong, Victoria
DH.60 [Cirrus II] registered as G-EBPP [C of R 1322] 1.12.26 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Stag Lane. No UK CofA issued; shipped to Australia for use as demonstrator. Taken by Major Hereward de Havilland from England 21.12.26 on his journey to open a DH assembly and building factory in Australia.

Arrived Perth 7.2.27; erected and departed 24.2.27 for Melbourne, arriving 28.2.27 after following the route of Trans Continental Railway. UK registration cancelled Feb 1928. Re-registered G-AUPP [CofR 156] 19.5.27 to The De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Melbourne. Re-registered (in July 1927) to Golden Aircraft Co, Mascot; named "The Golden Moth". Registered Jan 1929 to L F Pratt, Geelong. Re-registered VH-UPP 30.10.29. Re-registered 15.12.30 to W Rhodes & J W Paulden, Ballan, Victoria

Written off when crashed at Geelong, Victoria 27.1.31. Witnesses state that the engine seemed to have failed at about 1,000 feet on descent into Belmont Commons Airport at Geelong. The aircraft lost airspeed and altitude, and evidently stalled into the ground from some 200 feet. Pilot J W Paulden and passenger E Morris (popularly known as 'Exide Eric', due to his battery business) were both killed. C.D. Pratt, tutor of J W Paulden and Eric Morris was flying another Moth some 30 feet above them when the accident happened. Registration VH-UPP cancelled 17.2.31



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Revision history:

10-Jan-2014 21:57 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Apr-2014 21:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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