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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26333
Last updated: 20 December 2019
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Type:de Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Owner/operator:W.R. Carpenter
Registration: VH-URO
C/n / msn: 6068
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Black Cat Ridge, Bitoi Gap -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Salamaua, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Wau, Bulolo, Morobe Province, New Guinea
This plane VH-URO was a replacement plane for a plane known as "Jill" owned by WR Carpenter &Co. Was flown from Adelaide by Colin Ferguson and my mother Joan . Leaving Adelaide in early January 1935 they arrived at Salamaua in Papua New Guinea in record time on the 26th January 1935. Joan was the first woman to fly from Australia to New Guinea. Colin whilst taking supplies from Salamaua to the Black Cat mining area on 30th September 1935 lost his life when the plane went down at Bitoi Gap on the Black Cat Ridge.

[VH-URO was delivered new to WA Airways on 21 April 1934. Eight months later (at the end of December 1934) it was sold to W.R. Carpenter and Co Ltd of Salamaua, New Guinea. Just why it was sold off so quickly I am not sure. On 30 September 1935 it crashed at Black Cat Creek near Wau, NG and was written off.]


1. Information was from my Mother Joan Tarlinton ( nee Ferguson) and from the book "Wings of Gold - Aviation in Papua New Guinea

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
06-May-2009 22:11 phillip tarlinton Updated
29-Dec-2011 13:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-May-2014 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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