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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65417
Last updated: 3 December 2019
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Date:07-JAN-1931
Time:c. 1445
Type:Silhouette image of generic AVIN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro 616 Sports Avian IVa
Owner/operator:Guy Lambton Menzies
Registration: G-ABCF
C/n / msn: 467
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:La Fontaine Swamp, Hari Hari, Westland -   New Zealand
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Sydney, Australia
Destination airport:Blenheim, New Zealand
Narrative:
Registered G-ABCF [C of R 2708] 20.6.30 to Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith.

Guy Menzies (1909-1940 ) had almost completed the first solo air crossing of the Tasman Sea. He had taken off from Sydney, 11 hours and 45 minutes before, in his Avro Avian biplane named Southern Cross Junior.

Unable to reach his intended destination of Blenheim due to bad weather, he made an emergency landing in what appeared from the air to be a smooth pasture, but was actually a swamp. The Avian turned over onto its back and suffered some damage, but Menzies was unhurt.

Guy Menzies later joined the Royal Air Force and was killed in 1940 when the Sunderland flying-boat he was commanding was shot down into the Mediterranean Sea by enemy aircraft.

Registration G-ABCF cancelled as crashed 30.6.31. [Australian Registration VH-UPT reserved for this aircraft, but not taken up].

Sources:

1. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?124767-Guy-Menzies-and-Avro-616-Sports-Avian-IVa-G-ABCF
2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144859506/view
3. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ABCF.pdf
4. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/76-register-gb-g-ab
5. http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac1/austu/VH-UPT.html


Images:

Photo of G-ABCF courtesy AirHistory.net


Sydney - Kingsford Smith International (YSSY / SYD)
; (c) Ben Dannecker (via David Carter)

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2009 02:35 angels one five Added
16-May-2010 02:19 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
29-May-2013 08:04 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
02-Jan-2014 10:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]
26-Jan-2014 21:28 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
30-Nov-2017 19:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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