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Date:07-SEP-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.60 Moth
Owner/operator:Guinea Airways Ltd
Registration: VH-ULJ
C/n / msn: 1074
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Wau, Bulolo, Morobe Province, New Guinea -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Bulolo, Morobe Province, New Guinea
Destination airport:
Narrative:
C/no. 1074: DH.60G [Gipsy I]: to DeHavilland Australia with C of A 1806 issued 20.2.29 (to QANTAS). Registered as VH-ULJ [C of R 307] 3.8.29 to W.R. Evans, Berridale, NSW; operated by Northern Rivers Flying School, Ballina, NSW [to Archerfield circa 30.6.30]. Registration lapsed 2.8.32; restored 28.10.32 to same owner. Re-registered 22.3.33 to Mrs Edna I Brett, Yeronga, Brisbane.

Re-registered 3.11.33 to Holden's Air Transport Services Ltd, Salamaua, New Guinea. Badly damaged when hit boulders on landing at Surprise Creek, New Guinea 8.2.36; repaired. Company taken over by Guinea Airways Ltd 12.36 and registered 16.11.37 to Guinea Airways Ltd, Wau, New Guinea. Withdrawn from use at Wau, Papua New Guinea 7.9.41 after cracks were found in the rear fuselage longerons after a heavy landing.

Reported as “patched up” and flown by M. Blackman from Wau, New Guinea, to Townsville, Northern Territories, Australia, via Daru and Horn Island, ahead of Japanese invasion in February 1942 [later moved to Parafield, South Australia].

Registration cancelled 26.11.42. Sold in October 1942 to the Education Department of South Australia as a grounded instructional airframe. To Adelaide School of Mines by early 1943. To South Australian Museum of Applied Science, Adelaide. To storage at Adelaide Girls High School 1961 when museum building was demolished. To Birdwood Hall Museum 1965.

Sold 1980 to John Delaney, Nailsworth, South Australia and went on rebuild. To South Australian Historical Aviation Museum, Salisbury, Port Adelaide, South Australia 1.6.91 and on static rebuild by 1994; still stored 2005; nearing completion of rebuild by September 2009. On display by June 2012

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/dh60.pdf
2. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-ULJ.html
3. http://www.saam.org.au/our-collection/our-aircraft/gipsy-moth/
4. http://flic.kr/p/cusi1A
5. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1168056/
6. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1941/archives/crash-of-a-de-havilland-dh-60-moth-in-wau-papua-new-guinea/]

Media:

De Havilland DH-60G Gipsy Moth AN1067555

Images:

Photo of VH-ULJ courtesy AirHistory.net


Port Adelaide / South Australian Aviation Museum [ Off-Airport ]
5 December 2007; (c) Malcolm Clarke

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Dec-2011 12:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Jan-2014 02:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Jan-2014 02:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Aug-2017 19:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Aug-2017 19:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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