Last updated 20.8.17
AUSTRALIAN DH.87 HORNET MOTHS

A listing compiled by Geoff Goodall


DH.87B VH-UXY (c/n 8131) was a late import to Australia in 1979.  It was given a "period" registration close to those
worn by several Hornet Moths during the 1930s.      Photographed by Dion Makowski at Ballarat Vic in October 2005



             De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd introduced the Hornet Moth as a comfortable 2 seat side-by-side cabin touring biplane, designed as a Moth replacement. The prototype first flew at Hatfield on 8 May 1934 and production commenced the following year with the DH.87A model with extended tapered wings. The 1936 model DH.87B had redesigned square ended wing with a slight taper to reduce handling problems encountered with the elliptical wing shape of the DH87A.  In Britain, DH invited owners to return their DH.87As to the factory at Hatfield to trade in their wings for the DH.87B design.

             Total Hornet Moth production was 164 aircraft. Unlike Puss Moths and Leopard Moths, the DH.87s were not used for record long distance flights.

            The Hornet Moth had a welded steel tube forward fuselage frame and wooden wings and tail. The Australian associate company De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd had an approved wooden airframe workshop at their base at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney and had earlier constructed wings and tailplanes for D.H.80 Puss Moths. At least two Hornet Moth metal fuselage frames, engines and accessories were imported from the parent company in England and completed with D.H.87B mainplanes and tailplanes constructed at Mascot as VH-UXO and UYO in 1937.

            Unlike Britain, where numerous DH.87s were impressed for military communications duties at the outbreak of WWII, no Australian Hornet Moths were taken over by RAAF. In a 1940 RAAF review of Australian DH Gipsy powered machines available military impressment, inspection reports on DH.87s were carried out by a DCA inspector, but RAAF preferred 3 seaters for light communications work.  The following year the Royal Aero Club of WA's VH-ABO was considered for impressment following a specific request from RAAF Western Area but dropped when enquiries found that it was stored in crashed condition.

            Twelve Hornet Moths have been registered in Australia, flown by aero clubs and private owners. Interestingly the remains of four of these are now in New Zealand as restoration projects. In addition, in recent times, two more Hornet Moths have been imported by Australian enthusaiats,  G-ADUR from Britain and SE-AGE from Sweden. They appear at the end of the listing.


            This listing is presented in order of appearance on the Australian Civil Register:

                          C/n 8023        DH.87A                                                                                                      VH-UTE
12.2.35
Civil Aviation Branch allocated registration VH-UTE to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney for a DH.87 to be imported
10.35
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
1.11.35
First flight Hatfield
4.11.35
British CofA issued VH-UTE De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Shipped to Australia
24.12.35
Landed on Sydney wharves
12.35
Assembled at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
31.12.35
Testflight Mascot after assembly, pilot A. Murray Jones of De Havilland Aircraft
31.12.35
CAB Inspection Report at Mascot: new aircraft, total flying time 1 hr 15 mins
2.1.36
Added to Register VH-UTE De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
2.1.36
Australian CofA issued
5.1.36
Demonstration flights at Essendon, flown by record breaking pilot H. F. "Jim" Broadbent
7.1.36
Broadbent and his wife departed Adelaide for Perth. He will spend several days in Perth to demonstrate the new Hornet Moth to local pilots and companies
11.5.36
Change of ownership: Norman M. Kater, "Colmlee" Station, Moree NSW
21.2.37
Test flown Mascot after annual CofA renewal overhaul by De Havillands, pilot Kater.
Total flying time: 177 hrs
28.2.38
Test flown Mascot after annual CofA renewal overhaul by De Havillands, pilot Kater.
Total flying time: 274 hrs
2.39
CofA extended by DCA to 1.4.39
19.5.39
Test flown Mascot after annual CofA renewal overhaul by De Havillands,
Pilot A. Murray-Jones of De Havillands. Total flying time: 304 hrs
17.5.40
Test flown Mascot after annual CofA renewal, pilot J.A.Kerr. Total flying time: 357 hrs
31.5.40
Change of ownership: J. Laurie Power, Brisbane Qld
25.9.42
Defects repaired by Qantas Empire Airways, Archerfield, signed by engineer W.R.Dalgleish
8.10.42
J.L.Power on letterhead Brisbane Tobacco Grading and Bulking Co wrote to DCA:
requesting another CofA extension. Aircraft in good condition, and has been hangared and maintained by QEA since he purchased it. He expects to soon be called up for RAAF service and QEA can not carry out the CofA renewal overhaul for some time due pressure of work on military aircraft. DCA extend CofA until 2.12.42
9.11.42
Departed Archerfield for Toowomba then on to Sydney and Melbourne
9.12.42
CofA expired
9.12.42
Letter to DCA from C.G.Henderson, motor engineer of Stones Corner Garage, Brisbane: Laurie Power has been instructed to report to RAAF and he has requested Henderson to take care of VH-UTE. Requests approval for ferry flight to Beaudesert Qld for storage.
Approved by DCA
43-45
Stored dismantled at the home of aircraft engineer J. Campbell, Beaudesert, along with another Hornet Moth VH-UUD
28.2.45
CofA renewed at Archerfield after storage. Propeller from a Miles Whitney Straight
1.3.46
CofA renewed Archerfield. Also 19.3.47, 5.4.48, 19.5.49, 26.5.50, 1.6.51
9.10.51
Change of ownership: Charles A. Loneragan, "The Lagoon", Gulgong NSW
27.6.52
CofA renewed at Camden NSW
16.3.62
visited Cootamundra NSW airshow, all silver
2.2.69
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
22.8.76
VH-UTE noted at Bowral NSW, just retored and airworthy. Silver with red trim
6.7.77
Restored to Register: Gunnar S. Anderson, Moss Vale NSW
16.12.77
Struck-off Register
14.4.78
noted at Old Bowral airfield, owned by Gunnar Anderson
7.5.78
noted at airshow Old Bowral airfield, flying in formation with Hornet Moth VH-UVV
11.8.78
Restored to Register: Gunnar S. Anderson, Moss Vale NSW
11.8.78
CofA renewed
2.79
Slight damage while being towed from its hangar at Old Bowral by Gunnar Anderson to escape a bushfire approaching the airfield. He smashed open the rear fuselage with a pick handle to make an emergency connection to tow the aircraft behind a vehicle.
9.1.82
Change of ownership: Pilot Officer D. C. Freeman, RAAF Point Cook, Vic
9.1.82
Damaged at Penfield airfield, Sunbury Vic
10.1.82
Change of ownership: John L. Pettit, Geelong Vic, later "Wooloomanata", Anakie Vic
31.3.86
visited Wangaratta Vic airshow
1.3.87
visited Moorabbin Vic airshow
15.10.88
visited RAAF Richmond airshow
3.95
visited Avalon Vic airshow, silver with red trim, owner's name "John Pettit" on cowling
27.10.01
noted at John Pettit's property "Wooloomanata", near Avalon Vic.
Also there was Hornet Moth VH-ABO as a restoration project

Current


                         Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney 1936.                                                                             Frank Walters collection


                       VH-UTE visiting an airshow at Cootamundra NSW in March 1962, all silver.                   Photo by Bob Neate


                        Bowral NSW in August 1976 immediately after restored, silver with red trim.                Photo by Mike Vincent


                        At the Avalon International Airshow, Victoria in March 1995.                                        Photo by Phil Vabre



                         C/n 8036             DH.87A                                                         VH-UUD, VH-PMG, VH-BMG, VH-RKM   
28.5.35
Civil Aviation Branch allocated registration VH-UUD to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney for a Hornet Moth to be imported
10.35
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
11.35
First flight Hatfield
23.11.35
British CofA issued De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Archerfield by Qantas Empire Airways for Royal Queensland Aero Club. Qantas had purchased the aircraft from De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd for resale to the aero club
23.1.36
QEA sent telegram to CAB advising that VH-UUD had been completed and testflown
23.1.36
Added to Civil Register VH-UUD Royal Queensland Aero Club, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane Qld
23.1.36
Australian CofA issued
7.40
Department of Air, RAAF HQ file on availability of suitable civil aircraft for impressment for light communications duties includes Hornet Moths, but notes that they are two-seaters and the preference is for three-seaters. File includes inspection reports on some aircraft:
VH-UUD owner RQAeC, inspected by DCA aircraft inspector W. L. Ellis:
Total time 2163 hrs, Gipsy Major No.80261 1140 hrs. Aircraft condition fair to good.
Wings plywood leading edge lower mainplanes. Market value £875 to £900
28.4.42
CofA expired Archerfield, not renewed due to wartime restrictions on private flying,
stored for the duration
42-45
Stored dismantled at the home of aircraft engineer J. Campbell, Beaudesert Qld, along with Hornet Moth VH-UTE
11.1.46
CofA renewed Archerfield, returned to postwar Aero Club use
20.2.48
Annual CofA renewal completed at Archerfield. Also 26.4.49
14.7.49
Damaged in forced landing
20.2.50
Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
RQAeC's other Hornet Moth VH-AAV was sold to KSAS on the same date, both traded on new Austers from KSAS, which were Australian Auster dealers.
25.4.50
CofA expired
6.8.51
Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
14.11.52
Restored to Register: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service Pty Ltd, Bankstown Airport, Sydney NSW
14.11.52
Testflown at Bankstown after overhaul by KSAS
14.11.52
CofA renewed
9.2.53
Change of ownership: M. P. Willsalen, "Dunolly", Harden NSW
24.4.56
Re-registered as VH-PMG Gordon Greig, Adamston NSW
19.3.57
Re-registered as VH-BMG Gordon Greig, Adamston NSW
Re-registered to allow Greig to use his preferred registration VH-PMG (his wife's initials) on an ex RNZAF Auster floatplane he had just imported from NZ
6.57
Pilot Charles Miller, then based in Darwin, when planning a visit to Sydney was asked by a Darwin group of four flying enthusiasts, to find an aircraft suitable for them to purchase.
Miller later wrote: "At Bankstown I came across a very neat cream-coloured tapered wing Hornet Moth in Wally James' hangar, awaiting a buyer. In those days, few aeroplanes were for sale, and of these the inevitable Tiger Moth predominated, with its speed and range, not to mention the lack of such luxuries as brakes. The Hornet however excelled in these areas while in addition offering the best-of-all features for its day, namely comfort.  In due course I purchased it on behalf of the Darwin boys and was type-endorsed by Keith Robey in preparation for the ferry flight to Darwin."
26.6.57
Change of ownership: A. Dan Sprigg & J. S. Kilworth, Police Station, Darwin NT
The group of four included three NT policemen, Danny Sprigg, Ivan Cuttler and J. Kilworth, and a non-flying member, Chinese businessman Arthur Fong.
6.57
Charlie Miller departed Bankstown in VH-BMG on delivery flight to Darwin. Due to poor weather, he stayed the first night at Parkes where Jack Hodder housed the Hornet in his hangar. Then night stopped at Broken Hill, Oodnadatta, Alice Springs then followed the highway to Darwin.
17.7.57
Charles Miller departed Darwin for a local flight with group member Arthur Fong. On landing at the abandoned Hunter's Homestead on the edge of Lake Finness, the left hand landing gear collapsed under the lower wing. There was no impact due to cushioning from the high grass.  They were located that night by a searching RAAF Lincoln from Darwin, and next morning two Darwin Aero Club Tiger Moths landed alongside.
18.8.58
Change of ownership: A. Dan Sprigg & I.N.Cutler, Police Station, Darwin NT
14.6.59
Change of ownership: Roy N. & K.D. Moffatt, Darwin NT
6.5.60
Re-registered VH-RKM
17.8.62
Change of ownership: Geoff K. Mathews, Base Radio Section, RAAF Amberley Qld,
later Base Radio Section, RAAF Darwin NT
8.62
Purchased at Camden NSW and flown to Darwin in 6 refuelling stops by Mathews
.64
Sqn Ldr Geoff Mathews was transferred from RAAF Darwin to RAAF Butterworth, Malaysia. He recalls selling VH-BMG to a Dept of Works employee in Darwin
15.12.64
Change of ownership: K. M. Lethlean, Darwin NT
18.9.65
VH-RKM refuelled at Wagga NSW en route to Moorabbin then Bankstown, on a holiday flight from Darwin.
20.9.65
noted at Bankstown, silver with red trim
31.10.65
Damaged on landing Batchelor NT.  Ground-looped, causing minor damage to undercarriage and wings.  The aircraft was further damaged by vandals before it was collected and taken to Darwin by road.
31.10.65
Struck-off Register
11.10.67
VH-RKM noted on a rural property just south of Darwin: standing on its wheels with wings removed.  It had been stored here after it was damaged at Batchelor. The stripped airframe of DH.87 VH-UYX was also in a shed on the property.
8.73
VH-RKM acquired by Cliff Douglas, Chewing Gum Field Air Museum, Tallebudgera Qld.
8.8.76
noted at CGFAM dismantled, unrestored. Also 23.4.80 unchanged.
Remained stored at the museum until 1987
8.87
Offered for sale by tender at the closing down sale of Chewing Gum Field Air Museum
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Purchased as restoration project by Russell K. Brodie, Rangitata Island, Temuka NZ
96-02
Stored on Brodie's airfield at Rangitata Island NZ pending restoration
.99
Period registration ZK-APR reserved for Russell Brodie for the rebuild

Russell Brodie operates as De Havillands Over New Zealand Aviation Collection,
Rangitata Island Airport.
Advertises a Tiger Moth and Hornet Moths under restoration, plus other DH memorabilia


                        Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane in 1936 with Royal Queensland Aero Club coat of arms on the rudder. 
                                       Photo: Reddall collection, courtesy Aviation Historical Society of Australia NSW Branch


                        Archerfield 1947, back in Royal Queensland Aero Club service after wartime storage.        Photo by Ed Coates


                        Bankstown in 1955 at the Kingsford Smith Aviation Services hangar, with RAAF disposals Airspeed Oxfords
                        which KSAS planned to market at Consuls, but DCA refused civil certification.    The Collection p1234-0264
                       

Now VH-RKM, seen at Wagga NSW in September 1965 on a long holiday flight from its Darwin base to the
southern states, one of the few Hornet Moths to retain the DH.87A tapered wings.         Photo by Bob Neate
                                                          

                        At Bankstown Airport, Sydney on the same holiday flight in September 1965.            Photo by Geoff Goodall


                         Stored damaged on farm near Darwin NT in October 1967.                                    Photo by Peter F. Limon


VH-RKM stored at Rangitata Island airfield NZ in 1999, along with the remains of DH.87A VH-UUW. 
Photo by Graham Orphan




                           C/n 8041           DH.87A                                                                                                          VH-UUW   
4.9.35
Civil Aviation Branch allocated registration VH-UUW to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney for a Hornet Moth to be imported
11.35
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
2.12.35
First flight at Hatfield
4.12.35
British CofA issued VH-UUW: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by DHA
20.3.36
Testflown Mascot after assembly
25.3.36
Added to Civil Register VH-UUW: E. MacArthur Onslow, Camden NSW
25.3.36
Australian CofA issued
3.4.38
Change of ownership: C. J. Chesterfield & J. T. B. Jenkins, Grafton NSW
Chesterfield & Jenkins was an engineering company at Grafton
2.39
DCA memo: UUW is regular visitor to Mascot and Archerfield
23.3.39
Damaged undercarriage during a night landing at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane Qld, pilot Chesterfield
21.8.43
CofA expired
13.1.44
CofA renewed at Archerfield Qld
4.1.45
Letter to DCA from J.H. Boden trading as Boden Air Transport, Broken Hill NSW:
he wishes to use DH.87A VH-UUW for ambulance work. He recently saw the stretcher installation in Dr. Young's DH.87 at Marshall Airways at Mascot. Mr. Porter of Temora will purchase the aircraft and make it available to Bowden. Requests fuel ration for a ferry flight from Archerfield to Broken Hill.
1.45
Joe Bowden departed Archerfield in UUW for Broken Hill. Engine trouble caused him to land at Orange NSW enroute, and send the aircraft to Broken Hill by railway. He will overhaul the engine in his workshop at Broken Hill where he is at present carrying out an overhaul of his Percival Gull VH-UQW.
28.2.45
Change of ownership: William J. Porter, Temora NSW
Porter was a stock and station agent at Temora who also owned a Hillson Praga
5.45
VH-UUW now based at Temora flown by Porter. Bowden is no longer associated with the aircraft.
10.5.45
DCA memo:  Investigation finds that routine maintenance on UUW is carried out for Porter by ground crew of No.10 EFTS at RAAF Temora.  DCA considered this arrangement to be unsatisfactory due the RAAF men not holding civil ground engineer licences.
13.9.46
Annual CofA renewal, owner W. J. Porter
20.9.48
Change of ownership: Royal Aero Club of NSW, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney, later Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney
1.7.49
Annual CofA renewal at Mascot
9.12.50
Annual CofA renewal at Bankstown. Also 9.1.52, 14.5.53
22.7.54
Change of ownership: Aubrey J. R. Oates, Sydney NSW
1.8.54
Departed Bankstown as entrant in the REDeX Air Reliability Trial to Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Bankstown, entered and flown by Aubrey "Titus" Oates. At the finish back in Sydney, Oates was placed Second in the overall scores but lost the position on appeal.
15.9.54
Change of ownership: Gordon F. Lynam, Hughenden Qld
24.12.55
Crashed on "Branga Downs" Station, Corfield Qld.
Ran through a stockyard fence, pilot Gordon Lynam. Because of a severe storm approaching, the damaged aircraft was hurriedly moved by truck to a shearing shed at the "Brange Downs" homestead, but fuselage was broken during the move.
56
Damaged aircraft sold for £50 to Fred Bird, an experienced aircraft engineer who had set up business on a cattle station at Richmond Qld to provide maintenance for outback Queensland aircraft. Moved by road to Ennis Downs Station.
.56
Change of ownership: Fred L. Bird c/- Ennis Downs Aviation, "Ennis Downs" Station, Richmond Qld

Bird carried out some initial airframe repair work, and used the engine for an Auster.

Incomplete damaged airframe sold by Bird for £10 to Selwyn Smith, "Olive Downs" Station, Maxwelton Qld

Smith broke the airframe down to parts. The woodwork of the fuselage was by now rotten.
23.6.61
Struck-off Civil Register


10.76
The remaining parts of UUW were collected from "Olive Downs", Maxwelton by
Greg and Nick Challinor t/a Mothcair, Murwillumbah NSW.  Selwyn Smith had sold the property and parts were found scattered on three rubbish heaps on the property

Purchased as restoration project by Russell K. Brodie, Rangitata Island, Temuka NZ
96/02
Remains of DH.87s VH-UUD & UUW were stored dismantled on Brodie's property at Rangitata Island NZ, pending restoration
.99
Period registration ZK-AUR reserved by Brodie for rebuild


Close-up from a group picture of the Royal Aero Club of NSW fleet at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney in 1948.
    Club colours at the time were orange and navy blue.                         Photo: The Collection p1234-1621


DH.87A VH-UUW heads a line of Royal Aero Club of NSW aircraft visiting Broken Hill NSW in the late 1940s
Photo: The Collection pdisp-0021


Posed publicity photograph for VH-UUW's sponsors in the 1954 REDeX Air Trial around Australia.
Photo: Nigel Daw collection


                          C/n 8078           DH.87B                                                                                           VH-UUX   
6.9.35 Civil Aviation Branch allocated registration VH-UUX to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney for a Hornet Moth to be imported
27.3.36 Construction completed by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
28.3.36 British CofA issued as VH-UUX: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by DHA
4.6.36 Testflown Mascot after assembly, pilot J. F. Kerr.  Airframe time: 1 hr 55 mins
8.6.36 Added to Civil Register VH-UUX: Royal Aero Club of NSW, Mascot Aerodrome,
Sydney NSW
8.6.36 Australian CofA issued

Aero Club named the aircraft "J.J. Rouse III"
5.6.38 Forced landing in a swamp a half mile west of Mascot aerodrome due engine failure.
Pilot H. F. Smales. Airframe time 860 hours
21.2.40 Aero Club letter to DCA advising:
"Mr. L. M. Wilson, "Malboona", Mudgee NSW will purchase UUX from a patiotic point of view in order that we might purchase another more important training type aircraft with the proceeds of the sale. He has agreed to let the club have full use of UUX for the duration of the war.  UUX will remain based at Mascot."
24.2.40 Change of ownership: Leslie M. Wilson, Mudgee NSW. Operated by RAeCNSW
3.40 Repairs by aero club on rear fuselage and tailplane, possibly caused by unauthorised aerobatics.
24.7.42 CofA expired at Mascot
24.11.42 CofA renewed at Mascot for standard 12 months period
23.11.43 CofA expired. DCA agreed to the Aero Club's request for a one month extension due to the aircraft's use on Army cooperation flying
22.12.43 CofA expired at Mascot
30.10.44 CofA renewed Mascot
29.7.46 Change of ownership: Royal Aero Club of NSW, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
4.4.47 Annual CofA renewal at Mascot. Also 5.6.48, 8.8.49
28.7.50 Change of address: Royal Aero Club of NSW, Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
7.8.50 CofA expired, not renewed
6.8.51 Struck-off Register in 1951 DCA Census of unairworthy aircraft
21.12.54
Restored to Register: N. Macarthur-Onslow, "Camden Park", Menangle NSW
4.1.56
Change of ownership: Joseph H. Bowden, Sydney NSW
8.10.57
Change of ownership: J. Clark, Sydney NSW
10.9.58
VH-UUX noted at Bankstown, all silver
8.6.60
Change of ownership: B and C Transport Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
23.11.61
Change of ownership: Warwick Aero Club, Warwick Qld
29.8.62
Destroyed in hangar fire at Toowoomba Qld
Fire gutted the Darling Downs Aero Club hangar at Toowoomba Airport. Also destroyed were Tiger Moths VH-BPI & VH-WPM and Chipmunk VH-DDO.


VH-UUX with Royal Aero Club of NSW wings painted on the rudder, at the club's Mascot hangar 1936.
Photo: Reddall collection via AHSA NSW Branch


Mascot 1948 wearing the post-war Royal Aero Club of NSW colour scheme of orange and navy blue. 
Photo: The Collection p1234-1621


Camden NSW circa 1955 in all silver finish.                                                  Photo by Eddie Coates



                               C/n 8077     DH.87B                                                                                                    VH-UVV   
17.3.36
Civil Aviation Branch allocated registration VH-UVV to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney for a Hornet Moth to be imported
3.36
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
15.4.36
First flight at Hatfield
17.4.36
British ofA issued VH-UVV: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Shipped to Australia

Assembled at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by DHA
25.6.36
Testflown Mascot after assembly
25.6.36
CAB Aircraft Inspection Report at Mascot after assembly
4.9.36
Added to Civil Register VH-UVV: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney NSW
4.9.36
Australian CofA issued
6.10.36
Change of ownership: Roberta A. Robertson c/- H. Dawson & Sons Co Ltd, Sydney
6.10.36
Damaged when swung on landing at Warren NSW, pilot Roberta Robertson
21.12.36
Change of ownership: Richard T. Perry & Sidney Austin, Narromine NSW
29.5.37
CAB Inspection report at Narromine. Maintained in good condition. Also 1.6.38
4.8.37
Change of ownership: Sidney Austin, "Wambianna" Station,Trangie NSW
11.9.37
Annual CofA renewal at Mascot. Also 15.9.39
10.39
Hired to Richard N. Mears, Sydney
4.40
Owner Sidney Austin is now in RAAF, wrote to DCA requesting approval to sell UVV under wartime restrictions on operation of civil aircraft
27.4.40
Change of ownership: William Crouch, "Killowen" Station, Cunnamulla Qld
28.4.40
Departed De Havilland hangar at Mascot on delivery flight to Cunnamulla, pilot Mr. Grant
29.10.40
CofA expired. Parked in hangar at Cunnamulla, owner will not fly it out for CofA renewal because it is not needed due to the current drought
1.41
DCA approved a ferry from Cunnamulla to Sydney for CofA renewal inspection by Butler Air Transport
30.1.41
CofA renewed at Mascot
31.1.41
Arthur Butler's logbook: local flight Mascot in VH-UVV
29.1.42
CofA expired. Crouch wrote an emotive letter to DCA saying he was not prepared to face the cost of flying it the great distance from Cunamulla to Sydney again when the aircraft is in good condition.
A sympathetic DCA response agreed to extend the CofA until 16.3.42.
16.3.42
CofA expired, not renewed
5.42
By now UVV has been hired to US Air Forces in Australia Engineering Headquarters. Aircraft was painted in camouflage.
6.42
UVV now back at Cunnamulla at end of charter
10.6.42
DCA letter to Crouch asking why the aircraft was being flown after the CofA had expired. He replied saying it was the responsibility of USAFIA
6.42
DCA investigation by DCA reveals that several months earlier USAFIA had contacted the Department asking if any aircraft in the Cunnamulla district were available for charter for a short period to Quilpie Qld, and VH-UVV had been among the aircraft suggested they contact.  DCA dropped the matter.
7.42
Crouch wrote to DCA asking if the CofA renewal inspection could be carried out by USAAF ground mechanics stationed in the Cunnamulla area. DCA refused, quoting the regulations which require maintenance by engineers holding Australian licences.
9.42
Ferried from Cunnamulla to Sydney for CofA renewal by Butler Air Transport
17.10.42
CofA renewed at Mascot
14.2.44
CofA renewed at Cunnamulla
14.3.45
CofA renewed at Cunnamulla by Sid Marshall of Marshall Airways, Mascot who visited Cunnamulla to work on locally based aircraft. Others including DH.85 Leopard Moths VH-UUE & -UVF.
15.4.46
CofA renewed at Cunnamulla
31.8.47
CofA expired after short-term extension granted by DCA
19.12.47
Struck-off Register by DCA
1.48
Crouch wrote to DCA saying he wanted to have the CofA renewal inspection carried out but the workshops he had contacted were too busy
19.8.48
Restored to Register: Royal Queensland Aero Club, Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane
27.8.48
CofA renewed at Archerfield. Also 26.9.49
19.8.53
Change of ownership: Casino Aero Club, Casino NSW.  Name Miss Casino
4.59
noted at Brisbane-Eagle Farm Airport, painted in a Piper Tripacer style scheme
29.5.60
noted at Bankstown airshow, static display, Tripacer style scheme
28.6.60
Change of ownership: Televendors Pty Ltd, Newcastle NSW
15.10.60
visited Tamworth NSW airshow
11.8.61
noted at Broadmeadow airfield, Newcastle NSW, same Piper Tripacer style scheme
1.9.61
Badly damaged landing near Lightning Ridge NSW.
DCA accident report: "During a precautionary landing on a country road in conditions of failing daylight, the wingtip struck a post causing the aircraft to swing and run into a ditch and the undercarriage to collapse."
It is reported that the pilot vacated the damaged aircraft urgently because he was carrying a box of gelignite under the pilot seat.
27.3.62
Struck-off Register

Wreck was sold to several owners for planned rebuilds
5.7.67
VH-UVV noted West Maitland aerodrome, stored dismantled in a small hangar, with
DH.94 VH-AGL
14.9.68
Wreck of UVV noted at West Maitland aerodrome, loaded on a trailer
77-78
Rebuilt by Royal Newcastle Aero Club under chief engineer Lance Fletcher at West Maitland NSW for owner Neil Cottee. Finished with razorback fabric, painted blue and gold. Fitted with starter, ADF, VOR and an APU plug.
4.4.78
Restored to Register: Neil B. Cottee Pty Ltd, Old Bowral Airfield, Glenquarry NSW
14.4.78
noted at Old Bowral NSW, excellent condition.
15.4.78
visited West Maitland NSW airshow
7.5.78
noted at Old Bowral NSW, flying in formation with Hornet Moth VH-UTE
8.78
noted at Old Bowral NSW, flying. Blue and gold paint, "Neil B. Cottee" on cabin door
16.4.79
noted at Old Bowral fly-in, flying, pilot Neil Cottee
7.81
carried dismantled with 9 other Australian vintage or home-built aircraft on board a Qantas B747 The Oshkosh Express which flew Sydney nonstop to Milwaukee WI with 260 aviation enthusiast passengers. The aircraft were assembled at Milwaukee then flown to Oshkosh, where Neil Cottee flew VH-UVV during the flying displays. Airfreighted back to Sydney.
23.4.82
Change of ownership: Ken E. Orrman, Shepparton Vic
11.93
noted at Shepparton, pale blue and gold
14.5.96
Change of ownership: Richard Cavill / Cavill Power Products Pty Ltd/ SAATAS Pty Ltd, Adelaide-Parafield Airport SA
11.9.97
noted at Parafield, blue & gold. Based here.
13.4.08
noted at Parafield, flying, blue with gold trim
6.11.11
visited airshow at Rowlands Flat SA, same blue and gold paint scheme
18.2.16
noted flying at Parafield, same paint scheme

Current


Newly-built VH-UVV at Mascot in 1936.                                                               Frank Walters collection


Visiting Casino NSW in 1948, with Royal Queensland Aero Club rudder stripes and badge on the cabin door.
Photo: Geoff Goodall collection


November 1953, now owned by the Casino Aero Club.  VH-UVV was trailing a black ribbon from a wing strut
 for a fly-past over the funeral of former Club President Dr. W.K. Hume.                Alan J. Sheppard collection


The Casino Aero Club later had VH-UVV repainted in a Piper TriPacer scheme.
Photographed at Eagle Farm Airport, Brisbane in April 1959 by Norm Weeding


VH-UVV visiting West Maitland NSW in May 1980 following its rebuild for Neil B. Cottee, whose name was
                           painted in gold on the cabin door.                                                                      Photo: Nigel Daw collection                                             


Parafield SA March 2010 in the same paint scheme, still flying.                              Photo by Nigel Daw



                            C/n 8110           DH.87B                                                                                                         VH-UXO      

Fuselage built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B

Shipped to Australia as metal fuselage frame, engine and accessories.

Wooden wings, aelerons, flaps, tailplane fin and rudder constructed at Mascot by
De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
17.8.36
Delivery note for DH.87B 8110 from De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield to
De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
4.5.37
Assembly completed at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
5.5.37
CAB Aircraft Inspection report of assembled aircraft
5.5.37
testflown at Mascot
6.5.37
Application for Registration: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
10.5.37
Added to Register VH-UXO Bonds Airways Ltd, Adelaide SA c/- A. G. Bond
Based at Parafield aerodrome, Adelaide, flown by A.G. Bond for private use.
Bond  operated a bus line Bond's Australian Scenic Motor Tours, Adelaide.
10.5.37
Australian CofA issued
12.6.37
Pilot log book: VH-UXO Parafield local flight, pilot Cyril Kleinig of MMA
12.38
Seat-belts installed at Parafield by engineer Cyril Kleinig of MMA
5.39
Wings removed and sent away for repair
21.6.39
UXO back in service. Departed that day from Parafield to Alice Springs NT
16.7.39
Badly damaged while parked at Parafield when struck by MMA Cessna C37 VH-UZU owned by MMA. The Cessna had been left with engine idling by MMA pilot Cyril Kleinig but it jumped its chocks and rolled forward into the Hornet Moth. Quickly repaired.
26.10.39
Bond wrote to DCA advising that VH-UXO had been traded as a deposit on a new
Fairchild 24R VH-ACW from Fairchild dealer Wallace Shrimpton, Sydney
26.10.39
Change of ownership: Wallace Shrimpton, Mascot Aerodrome. Sydney NSW
11.39
Shrimpton applied to DCA under wartime civil aviation restrictions to sell UXO to
Mr. H. Schulz of Henty NSW. Approved.
10.12.39
Damaged in forced landing near Beveridge NSW. Pilot Shrimpton made forced landing after engine failure, and deliberately ground-looped to avoid striking a house, undercarriage collapsed. Probably on delivery flight from Mascot to Schulz
12.39
Damaged DH.87 moved by road to Essendon Aerodrome, Melbourne for repair by Ansett Airways Ltd
22.12.39
Change of ownership: H. T. Schulz, "Pinegrove", Henty NSW
1.40
Airframe repaired at Essendon, waiting on a new undercarriage set
14.2.40
CofA renewed after repair completed at Essendon
14.2.40
Crashed on takeoff Burrumbuttock NSW after engine failed just after becoming airborne. Pilot Wallace Shrimpton. Probably on delivery flight from Essendon to Schulz
2.40
Damaged aircraft returned by road to Essendon for repair by Ansett Airways Ltd
21.5.40
CofA renewed after repair completed at Essendon
28.5.41
CofA expired. Aircraft was in the Ansett Airways hangar at Essendon
13.6.41
CofA renewed at Essendon. Based at Henty NSW
12.6.42
CofA expired. Stored in hangar at "Pinegrove", Henty NSW. Owner is engaged on defence work and CofA will not be renewed. The aircraft is painted in camouflage as per DCA instructions to airworthy civil aircraft
14.6.43
Schulz writes to DCA requesting approval to ferry UXO from "Pinegrove" Henty where it has been stored for the past year, to Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney. It will have its CofA renewed at Mascot and will be sold to Mr. J. Plummer. Approved by DCA.
28.6.43
Change of ownership: J. L. J. Plummer, Sydney NSW
29.6.43
DCA memo: UXO is at Mascot under inspection for CofA renewal
14.8.43
CofA renewed at Mascot
8.43
Lt. Plummer of Australian Army requested a petrol ration to use his DH.87 VH-UXO in conjunction with the Sydney Anti-Aircraft Group. Mr. James Madsen is also flying his Genairco VH-UOD as a target aircraft for anti aircraft gunnery training
3.2.44
Plummer applied to DCA for approval under wartime restrictions to sell UXO to
Doctor G. L. Young of Katoomba NSW. Approved.
7.2.44
Change of ownership: Dr. Geoffrey Young, Katoomba NSW, later Forbes NSW

Dr. Young proposed establishing a flying medical practice in western NSW in conjunction with the Flying Doctor Service of Australia, to be financed by the NSW State Government. His one-man operation was started later that year based at Forbes NSW
5.44
Stretcher installed in UXO by Sid Marshall of Marshall Airways, Mascot
18.5.44
UXO flown at Forbes with a patient weighing 80 Kilograms on the stretcher. Aircraft performance was considered satisfactory.
6.45
Report: Dr. Young bases his aircraft DH.87B VH-UXO, Waco VH-UYD and Aeronca VH-ACY at Forbes, conducting medical clinic runs and emergency ambulance flights
9.1.48
Change of ownership: Keith Leahy, "Manna Park", Condobolin NSW
6.8.51
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service effective 9.2.51
28.9.51
Restored to Register: Keith Leahy, Sydney NSW
8.10.51
Change of ownership: Thomas D. McCarthy, "Merrigina", Goodooga NSW
19.11.52
Change of ownership: Cliff H. Parsons, St George Qld
25.7.54
Change of ownership: Allyen E. McDonald & William Taylor, Nyngan NSW.
Traded as Central Western Aviation Service, Nyngan NSW
26.9.55
Change of ownership: Miss Dorothy J. Moxham, " Mullengudgery" Station,
Mullengudgery NSW
8.58
Change of owner's name (due marriage): Mrs. J. Russ. Mullengudgery NSW
26.4.60
Change of ownership: Ron Muir Cars Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
28.7.61
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
7.61
Advertised for sale by A.R.Mackie, Wentworthville, Sydney
21.9.61
Restored to Register: Alex R. Mackie, Sydney NSW
1.7.62
noted at West Maitland-Rutherford NSW, having maintenance
9.11.62
Restored to Register: W. Winch, Tamworth NSW
7.5.65
Change of ownership: Jeff Williams, Sydney NSW
20.5.65
noted at Camden Aerodrome, south of Sydney. In good condition, yellow and red with blue trim, based here owned by Jeff and Ross Williams. It has just had its CofA renewed and engine had 1000 hours to run
18.9.65
noted at Camden NSW, also 24.10.65
10.12.65
Change of ownership: R. M. & B. L. Marshall, Sydney NSW
Marshall was working at Port Hedland WA
17.12.65
flew Balladonia-Norseman WA on ferry flight from Sydney to Port Hedland
18.12.65
flew Meekatharaa-Wittenoom-Dampier WA on ferry to Port Hedland

Based at Port Hedland WA, parked in the open in extreme heat
19.6.66
noted at Port Hedland, parked in open with wings folded, poor condition
10.66
Purchased in derelict condition by Ken Weaver, Perth WA. 
Weaver was a LAME in Perth and planned to restore the aircraft. UXO was moved by road transport from Port Hedland to Jandakot Airport, Perth WA
9.10.66
noted at Jandakot, parked in open, missing rudder, prop and engine parts
2.2.67
Unmoved at Jandakot, missing rudder, prop and engine parts. No change on 31.3.67
.67
Purchased from Weaver by R. Turner, Perth, a retired British aircraft engineer with experience on the DH.87 type who planned to undertake a restoration to fly
6.8.67
Moved by road from Jandakot to Turner's house at 122 The Esplanade, Scarborough, Perth. Work commenced on applying new fabric on the fuselage, doped in red.
Restoration abandoned for unstated reasons
7.11.67
Civil Register Change of ownership date to R.Turner, Perth WA
4.4.68
Change of ownership: Darrel J. Dunkley, Capel WA
Hornet Moth was dismantled and only partly restored. Purchased mainly for the DH. Gipsy Major engine, which Dunkley intended to fit to his Auster J.5 Adventurer VH-KBM.
5.5.68
UXO noted dismantled in the wartime blast-proof hangar at Busselton WA.
Fuselage fabric replaced and red-doped, general airframe condition poor. Unrestored wings stacked alongside. No change by 5.4.70
3.4.70
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
20.1.74
UXO noted dismantled in a hangar on Dunkley's farm near Capel WA.
No work had been carried out on the airframe, poor condition.
76
Now owned by partnership which included J. S. Hockin, Perth and aviation ground engineer Bernard Baldwin t/a Bernies Aviation, Jandakot Airport, Perth
Stored in a shed in the Perth suburb of Myaree pending restoration for the owners by aircraft woodwork specialist Don Cope
27.5.78
Fuselage moved by road from Myaree to Jandakot Airport for some work in Bernies Aviation hangar. Moved out of the hangar a few weeks later
6.78
Letter from Don Cope: currently his main priority is restoring Hornet Moth VH-UXO for owners Hockin Trust and Bernie Baldwin, which has 4 to 5 months to go before completion. Cope is also working on his Proctor VH-BLC and Auster VH-UEA, in addition to Don Muir's Comper Swift VH-ACG.
85
Fuselage stored in a hangar in the private hangar rows at Jandakot.
No external appearance of significant restoration having been carried out
17
Now owned by Michael W. Hockin, Brisbane Qld.  Over a period of time he bought out the other partners to gain ownership of VH-UXO. The aircraft has been moved to Brisbane where it is currently stored.  He has been acquiring parts for the Hornet Moth and plans to soon complete the restoration to airworthy at Caboolture.
Mike also owns DHC-1 Chipmunk VH-BBK


VH-UXO in South Australia circa 1938 with Bonds Airways                                     Geoff Goodall collection


Circa 1960, looking tired after numerous owners, location probably Rutherford NSW.     Nigel Daw Collection


Camden NSW in  May 1965 after an overhaul and repaint.                                      Photo by Michael Croker


Weathered and flat tyres at Jandakot WA in March 1967, after being moved by road from Port Hedland WA
Photo by Lindsay Nothrop


VH-UXO stored at Busselton WA in April 1970, red-doped fuselage fabric.             Photo by Geoff Goodall



                            C/n 8111           DH.87B                                                                                                VH-UYO   
36
Fuselage built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B

Shipped to Australia as metal fuselage, engine and accessories.

Wooden wings, ailerons, flaps, tailplane fin and rudder constructed at Mascot by
De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
2.6.37
Construction completed at Mascot by DHA
3.6.37
First flight Mascot by Allan Murray Jones of DHA
16.6.37
Added to Register VH-UYO: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney 
16.6.37
CofA issued
15.7.37
Change of ownership: Miss Nancy Lyle, Melbourne Vic
10.6.38
Testflown Essendon by Nancy Lyle after annual CofA renewal inspection
23.2.39
DCA inspection report at Essendon, good condition. Total time 184 hrs
19.5.39
Testflown Essendon by Nancy Lyle after annual CofA renewal. Also 28.5.40
28.5.41
Testflown Essendon by Nancy Lyle after annual CofA renewal by Ansett Airways.
Total airframe time 378 hrs
2.6.42
DCA memo: VH-UYO has been painted in camouflage as required for civil aircraft and is based at Coode Island aerodrome, Melbourne
42
Nancy Lyle was flying Army personnel in her Hornet Moth to test the effectiveness of camouflage. When at Essendon it was maintained by DCA engineer Harry Moss
2.6.43
Annual CofA renewal at Essendon
6.7.43
minor damage to port lower wingtip while taxying at Coode Island Vic
22.2.45
CofA lapsed, parked in hangar at Essendon
29.5.45
Change of ownership: Miss Freda Thompson, Melbourne Vic
53
Photo at Essendon shows name Christopher Robin on the engine cowling
8.9.59
noted at Moorabbin in hangar
1.8.60
Change of ownership: Charles H. Sears, Deepdene Vic
29.10.60
noted at Moorabbin, silver and white, flying, named Christopher Robin.  Also 9.7.61
31.3.63
Change of ownership: Allan P. Mahoney and J. Casey, Melboune Vic

Mahoney was Managing Director of Bee Aircraft Ltd, Moorabbin Vic which was promoting Australian development of Benson design gyrocopters.
29.3.64
Departed Brisbane-Archerfield as race #12 in R. M. Ansett Air Race, entered and flown by A. P. Mahoney. Finished the race at Adelaide-Parafield 31.3.64
22.6.64
Crashed destroyed at Cardigan Vic, near Ballarat. 
Pilot/owner A. Mahoney and his passenger were killed and aircraft destroyed by fire on impact. They had departed Moorabbin for Ballarat and descended to low altitude due cloud and rain, while attempting to sight Ballarat aerodrome.
DCA accident report summary: "The pilot, who was not qualified for instrument flight, attempted to find his destination in low cloud and rain, but the aircraft flew into level ground"

 
Moorabbin March 1961, name "Christopher Robin" on the engine cowling.        The Collection p1234-1340


VH-UYO arrives at Parafield SA on 31 March 1964, at the finish of the 3 day Ansett Air Race from Brisbane.   
It was destroyed in a crash only three months later.                                                Photo by Geoff Goodall




                            C/n 8019          DH.87A, to DH.87B                                                                            VH-AAV
30.7.35
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
5.10.35
Registered G-ADKF: Arthur G. N. Wynne-Eyton, Heston Airport
26.10.35
First flight Hatfield
4.11.35
British CofA issued as DH.87A
15.6.37
Sold to Royal Queensland Aero Club, Brisbane Australia

Shipped to Australia
7.37
Under assembly at Archerfield Aerodrome, Brisbane by Royal Queensland Aero Club
1.8.37
Test flown Archerfield after assembly, pilot G. Brunchkhurst. Airframe time 81 hrs.
DCA inspection report states "fitted with DH.87B square wings"
3.8.37
Australian CofA issued as DH.87B
3.8.37
Added to Register VH-AAV: Royal Queensland Aero Club, Archerfield Aerodrome,
Brisbane Qld
28.9.37
Structural damage to port elevator and rear fuselage due violent recovery from a spin at Townsville Qld by RQAeC instructor N. Blight.  Repaired at Townsville.
9.8.38
Test flight at Archerfield after annual CofA renewal, pilot Brunch
21.5.39
Undercarriage damaged at "Biddenham" Station near Augathella Qld, pilot L.D.Winten.
Repairs were completed on 26.5.39
4.8.39
Test flight at Archerfield after annual CofA renewal, pilot Brunch
7.40
Dept of Air, RAAF HQ file on availability of suitable civil aircraft for impressment by RAAF for light communications duties includes Hornet Moths, but notes that they are 2 seaters and the preference is for 3 seaters. Includes inspection reports on some aircraft:
VH-AAV owner RQAeC, inspected by DCA aircraft inspector W. L. Ellis:
Total time 1871 hrs, Gipsy Major No.8211 1919 hrs. Aircraft condition good. Market value £875 to £900
3.8.40
CofA expired, stored at Archerfield. CofA renewal will not be carried out at this time because the Royal Queensland Aero Club staff are fully occupied servicing aircraft for RAAF
15.8.41
CofA renewed at Archerfield
15.8.42
CofA expired
5.9.42
RQAeC request DCA approval for Mr. Henderson to fly VH-AAV from Beaudesert Qld to Archerfield then to western Queensland on an important charter from the Department of Interior carrying a passenger for the Allied Works Council.
DCA extend CofA until 14.9.42 and grant a 50 gallon fuel ration.
14.10.42
CofA renewed at Archerfield after CofA overhaul by Qantas Empire Airways
17.1.43
Minor damage to prop and wing when low flying along a beach at Southport Qld
12.43
RQAeC request to use VH-AAV for ab-initio pilot training for Mr.E.N.Davis.
DCA agree subject to installation of dual flying controls and dual throttle controls
12.1.45
Annual CofA renewed at Archerfield. Also 25.10.46, 25.10.47, 15.12.48
14.12.49
CofA expired
20.2.50
Change of ownership: Kingsford Smith Aviation Service, Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney

RQAeC's other Hornet Moth VH-UUD was sold to KSAS on the same date, both traded on new Austers from KSAS who were Australian Auster dealers
3.1.51
CofA renewed at Bankstown Aerodrome, Sydney for 12 months.
(KSAS had moved its base from Mascot to Bankstown)
6.7.51
Change of ownership: Lloyd K. Hamblin, Melbourne Vic
10.51
Change of ownership: Eric E. Condon, Wagga NSW t/a Wagga Flying School
3.1.52
CofA renewed at Bankstown for 12 months
22.7.52
Damaged landing at Canberra Airport due starboard brake jammed.  The port wing, undercarriage and propeller were damaged. Pilot A.Sidthorpe
24.12.52
CofA renewed at Wagga NSW after repair, for 12 months
19.8.54
Change of ownership: D. G. Condon, Wagga NSW
31.12.55
Crashed at Hughenden Qld. Struck a fence during a go-around from a landing approach, badly damaged. No injuries.
14.2.56
Struck-off Register



Parts of VH-AAV were held by John Ford who owned DH.87B VH-ABO. These parts were sold with ABO to Geoff Mathews, Werribee Vic in 10.73


Archerfield Qld 1939 with Royal Queensland Aero Club rudder stripes.                           Photo: The Collection



                          C/n 8139         DH.87B                                                                                                     VH-UYX
37 Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
27.9.37 British CofA issued VH-UYX: De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW

Shipped to Australia

Assembled by De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd at Mascot Aerodrome, Sydney
19.11.37 Testflown at Mascot after assembly
23.11.37 Added to Register VH-UYX:  Newcastle Aero Club, Broadmeadow airfield,
Newcastle NSW
23.11.37 Australian CofA issued

Based at Broadmeadow airfield, Newcastle, used for hire as a touring aircraft
7.40 Dept of Air, RAAF HQ file on availability of suitable civil aircraft for impressment by RAAF for light communications duties includes Hornet Moths, but notes that they are 2 seaters and the preference is for 3 seaters. Includes inspection reports on some aircraft:
VH-UUD owner Newcastle Aero Club. At the time that the NAC fleet was inspected by DCA aircraft inspector W. L. Ellis, UUD was advised as being away in Darwin.
23.12.41 CofA expired, not renewed. Stored at Newcastle due to the club's workshop staff being fully engaged in overhaul and repair work for RAAF

Stored Newcastle for the duration of WWII
14.8.45 Letter to DCA from Newcastle Aero Club: "This aircraft has been in store from some time and was recently returned to the Club's hangar for inspection for CofA renewal."
5.10.45 CofA renewed at Broadmeadow NSW
27.3.47 Casino Aero Club pilot Milty Sheppard pilot Log book: local flights at Casino NSW in UYX from 27.3.47 until 20.4.47.

At that time Newcastle Aero Club was the largest aero club in Australia, often basing its aircraft and instructors at country towns across northern NSW.
19.2.49 Crashed on takeoff Casino NSW. Stalled after takeoff, spun in, two on board injured
17.5.50
Struck-off Register. Newcastle Aero Club do not intend rebuilding the aircraft
2.2.53
Registration application: Jack Neal, Tamworth NSW
12.6.53
REstored to Register as VH-UYX
12.6.53
CofA renewed after rebuild
6.54
Jack Neal entered VH-UYX in the 1954 REDeX Air Reliability Trial around Australia
27.7.54
Undercarriage damaged during landing at Broadmeadow aerodrome, Newcastle, pilot Jack Neal and passenger Rex Hall were unhurt. Repairs were rushed to enable them to check in with REDeX Air Trial officials at Bankstown by the deadline of noon next day.
1.8.54
Departed Bankstown in the REDeX Air Reliability Trial. Route via Brisbane, Darwin, Alice Springs, Adelaide, Wagga, Bankstown, flown by Jack Neal and navigator Rex Hall
6.4.55
Change of ownership: H and S Credits Pty Ltd, Sydney NSW
20.1.60
Damaged on landing at Darwin NT.
DCA accident report: "During conversion training on to type the instructor failed to assist the pupil to correct a swing during the landing run and the aircraft executed a ground loop collapsing the undercarriage."
6.62
UYX noted at Darwin, reportedly operated by North Australian Developments, in a hangar with undercarriage removed, painted cream.
27.3.63
Struck-off Register
11.10.67
The stripped airframe of VH-UYX noted stored on a farm just south of Darwin, along with DH.87A VH-RKM which had been damaged in a groundloop.
01
By now RKM & UYX acquired by Russell K. Brodie, Rangitata Island NZ
02
Both Stored at Brodie's property, Rangitata Island NZ as a restoration project

No recent reports


VH-UYX looking brand new, soon after delivery to Newcastle Aero Club in 1937.       Frank Walters collection


Bankstown circa 1954 following a complete rebuild                                                           Photo by Eddie Coates



                            C/n 8014          DH.87A, to DH.87B                                                                                     VH-ABO
.35
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87A
10.35
Registered G-ADKT Brooklands Aviation Ltd, Hounslow
7.10.35
First flight at Hatfield, 25 minutes, pilot Geoffrey De Havilland
11.10.35
British CofA issued
early 36
Flown to Hatfield where De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd changed the wings to the DH.87B squared design. This change was offered to owners by the manufacturers.
Type re-designated DH.87B
9.5.36
Change of ownership: Air Hire Ltd, Heston Airport, Middlesex
14.12.37
Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia

Robert O. Giles, Manager of Royal Aero Club of WA for many years wrote in his book Wings in the West that by 1937 the Club had an urgent need for 4 more Moths, which had ceased production and available second-hand examples were hard to find.
"In England Club President Mervyn Bay reported no Gipsy Moths available, no Tiger Moths for some time to come, but the latest in cabin luxury for the private pilot, a DH87 Hornet Moth offering 110mph for five hours range. The Hornet Moth would provide for much solo flying at Maylands and so release a Gipsy Moth for training. 
The Hornet was bought to arrive in December.
The Hornet carried two occupants on deeply upholstered armchairs, with a throw-over yoke for dual control. With a Gipsy Major engine, requiring only complete overhaul at 1,000 hours and a 40 gallon fuel tank, its range covered Albany, Kalgoorlie, Wiluna or Geraldton without landing. It was fitted with wheel brakes, air brakes and a tail wheel. The purpose  of the air brake was to steepen the glide to avoid  overshooting in small fields. Its only drawback was a rather gymnastic entry to avoid knocking one's hat off on the upper mainplane."
30.12.37
DCA allocated registration VH-ABO to Hornet Moth for Aero Club of WA
17.1.38
Unloaded from cargo ship Zealandic at the port of Fremantle, Perth WA. Packed in two crates which were moved by road to Maylands Aerodrome the same day.
1.38
Assembled in Airlines (WA) Ltd hangar at Maylands by aero club staff. Press photo shows it under assembly, still painted as G-ADKT and fitted with DH.87B squared wings.
Airframe total time on arrival from England was 680 hrs
19.1.38
Testflown Maylands by Aero Club instructor K. W. Steele
1.38
Named Guyalla in ceremony at Maylands
3.3.38
Registered VH-ABO: Royal Aero Club of WA Inc, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth WA
3.38
Airframe log book shows VH-ABO was flown regularly from 3.38 to 1.40, including periods when it flew almost every day
4.7.38
Overturned during forced landing in heavy rain at an emergency landing ground at Mogumber WA
11.39
Flown from Perth to Carnarvon WA. pilot J. G. Money
29.1.40
Crashed during landing at Pingelly WA when stalled from fifty feet, badly damaged
1.40
Wreck returned to Maylands where stored by Aero Club pending advice on whether it was to be impressed by RAAF. An impressment requisition was not issued, but rebuild was not commenced due to the wartime restrictions on civil flying.
6.2.41
RAAF Officer Commanding, Western Area (Group Captain H. F. Delarue) wrote to RAAF HQ outlining the need for communication aircraft to cover large distances in Western Australia. He suggested that a solution could be found by the supply of a "light aircraft, preferably three passenger type, with a range of 350-400 miles at least, and a reasonable cruising speed."  He recommended that an aircraft of this type be acquired and allotted to Western Area, and suggested (as one of three alternates) "A Hornet Moth (2 passenger, cabin, side by side) belonging to W.A. Aero Club.  Range 500 miles."
20.2.41
RAAF HQ reply: "Please advise whether you consider the D.H. Hornet Moth belonging to Western Australian Aero Club satisfactory for your purposes.  If so, please forward full particulars, registration, lettering, hours flown, speed and general condition also some idea of the value."
4.4.41
Memo to RAAF HQ from Western Area: "inquiry has revealed that the D.H. Hornet Moth referred to has been crashed, extensively damaged, and repairs have not been commenced.  In any case it was only mentioned as a possible alternative to a three seat aircraft."
No further RAAF interest in impressing VH-ABO or any other civil Hornet Moths.
40-45
VH-ABO was stored damaged at Maylands Aerodrome during the war, when civil flying training had ceased due fuel rationing
8.45
Aero Club internal report: the club is expecting to take delivery of a number of Tiger Moths from RAAF disposals and will then make decision on rebuilding VH-ABO
5.47
Work has commenced at Maylands by the aero club on the rebuild, but is a low priority to other maintenance work.
6.10.47
Struck-off Register by DCA
7.5.48
New registration application: Royal Aero Club of WA Inc, Maylands Aerodrome, Perth
3.7.48
Log book: first test flight Maylands after rebuild
10.7.48
Restored to Register as DH.87BVH-ABO
31.7.48
Log: local flight Maylands, pilot Jim Zucal
21.11.48
Log: local flight Maylands, pilot Charles W. Edmonds. Same 4.12.48
27.12.48
Log: Maylands-Albany WA, pilot C. W. Edmonds. Returned to Maylands next day
8.12.51
Change of ownership: Arthur H. Schutt & Frank Roche, Melbourne Vic
12.51
Log: 18 hours ferry flight from Perth to Melbourne over 3 days
19.8.52
Change of ownership: L. K. Hamblin, Ganmain NSW
31.12.55
Change of ownership: John T. Ford, Hillston NSW, later St George Qld
16.3.62
visited airshow Cootamundra NSW
5.1.64
Log: last recorded flight
12.1.64
Damaged at St George Aerodrome Qld, overturned when its shed was blown away by Cyclone Little Audrey
5.3.65
Struck-off Register
17.5.73
VH-ABO noted stored dismantled in a garage at 201 Victoria Street, St George Qld: generally good condition, cracked windscreen and minor damage, painted silver with blue trim. Has been stored here since blown over in 1964, still owned by John Ford who has not had the aircraft repaired because he erroneously believed DCA regulations required that all aircraft must have radio installed
.73
Purchased from Ford by Sqn Ldr Geoff K. Mathews, Radio Section, RAAF Laverton Vic
15.10.73
Geoff Mathews and his brother arrived at St George by vehicle from Melbourne, towing a glider trailer to collect VH-ABO. Loaded the aircraft and moved it to Victoria
77
Under restoration at Werribee Vic by Geoff Mathews. The forward fuselage will be rebuilt to correct a unsatisfactory repair from the 1940 accident
27.10.01
VH-ABO noted at John Pettit's property "Wooloomanata", near Avalon Vic: restoration project. Also there was Pettit's airworthy DH.87A VH-UTE.

No recent reports


Maylands WA 1938, immediately after assembly.     Photo: Royal Aero Club of WA via Geoff Goodall collection


Flying at Maylands during an aero club event 13 November 1939.                             Geoff Goodall collection


VH-ABO visiting an airshow at Cootamundrs NSW in March 1962.                              Photo by Bob Neate



                           C/n 8066         DH.87B                              Myth Moth                                               VH-AMJ, VH-AFJ
36
Built by De Havilland Aircraft .Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
3.36
Registered G-ADMJ Clifford Ogle, Woodford
8.5.37
Change of ownership: Light Planes (Lancashire) Ltd, Avro Aerodrome, Woodford, Cheshire
28.2.40
Impressed by British Air Ministry, assigned serial W9389

Military service during WWII not known
26.4.46
Restored to Register G-ADMJ William A. Rollison, London
30.7.46
Change of ownership: Leonard H. Riddell, Harrogate
11.8.51
G-ADMJ noted in hangar at Sherburn-in-Elmet airfield
20.9.51
Sold to Australia
16.1.52
Australian Registration application:
Jayworth Tiles Ltd, Adelaide SA c/- J. G. Weatherspoon.  Based Parafield Airport
18.1.52
Being testflown at Parafield under its current British CofA
21.1.52
Registered VH-AMJ
21.1.52
Australian CofA issued
31.5.53
Forced landing Menalpyn SA due engine failure, no damage
27.1.54
Change of ownership: John P. Conley t/a Australian Aircraft Sales, Sydney NSW
6.3.54
Change of ownership: Wally G. Knight, Dennington Vic
3.7.55
Change of ownership: Hearns Hobbies, Melbourne Vic

Hearns Hobbies was a Hearn family-operated Melbourne city store specialising in aircraft models and flying kits. Established in the 1940s, it is still in business today.

8.9.59
noted at Moorabbin Vic, parked in a hangar
11.6.61
local flight over Melbourne, pilot B.G. Hearn
5.62
noted at Moorabbin, allover blue with white lettering, "Hearns Hobbies" on cowling
15.7.64
Change of ownership: M. L. Keating, Mackay Qld
30.4.69
Change of ownership: Thomas P. Drury, Brisbane Qld.   Named Myth Moth
3.10.69
Departed Archerfield Qld as a competitor in the three-day Warana Air Race, race #59.
VH-AMJ was place as the overall winner. Painted yellow with black and white trim
28.1.72
Struck-off Register as withdrawn from service
25.2.76
Restored to Register as VH-AFJ: George C. Sutherland, Gympie Qld
Retained name Myth Moth
Previous registraton VH-AMJ had been re-allocated to another aircraft
26.7.76
VH-AFJ noted at Gympie Aerodrome in yellow, black and white scheme.
Sutherland's DH.85 VH-BAH was also present.
15.4.78
VH-AFJ and DH.85 VH-BAH noted in a hangar at George Sutherland's property "Sutherland Downs", 6 miles east of Gympie Qld
23.2.80
Auction of Sutherland's vintage aircraft collection. VH-AFJ was not sold
4.81
visited Maroochydore Qld airshow, yellow with black and white trim
10.2.83
Change of ownership: Malcolm D. Bone, Gympie Qld.  Retained name Myth Moth
90s
flying, based Gympie Qld

Retired and stored on the premises of an ammunition factory at Gympie
26.6.06
Struck-off Civil Register
2017
Still in storage at Gympie by Malcolm Bone. Reports of its export to NZ were incorrect


Moorabbin 1956, all over blue with white lettering.                                                    Photo by Eddie Coates


 About to go flying at a wet Moorabbin in May 1962, still all blue but "Hearns Hobbies" in white on the cowling.
Photo by Geoff Goodall


Just after dawn at Archerfield on 3 October 1969, lined up with other Warana Air Race competitors.
Race number 59 sticker has not yet been attached.             Photo by the early-rising Bob Livingstone
 

Re-registered VH-AFJ, seen at Gympie Aerodrome Qld in July 1976.                 Photo by Nigel Daw



                         C/n 8131           DH.87B                                                                                                        VH-UXY
.37
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
1.4.37
Registered G-AEZG: Dudley Stewart-Clark, Greywalls, East Lothian, Scotland
2.7.37
CofA issued
20.7.39
Change of ownership: John C. Stewart-Clark, Greywalls, East Lothian, Scotland
30.8.40
Change of ownership: Flight Refuelling Ltd, Tarrant-Rushton airfield, Dorset
8.40
Impressed by British Air Ministry as BK830

Military service during WWII not known
5.46
Restored to Register G-AEZG
20.4.50
Change of ownership: Vivian H. Bellamy t/a Flightways, Winchester
4.50
noted at Eastleigh under overhaul
8.1.51
Change of ownership: David Auld Graham, Glasgow, Scotland
4.53
noted at Scone, Scotland, based here
26.4.54
Change of ownership: William H. Byers & David B. Lindsay, Perth, Scotland
10.54
noted at Scone, Scotland, hangared with other resident aircraft. Also 5.56, 5.58
28.8.63
Change of ownership: Marian K. Wilberforce, Ramsden Heath, Essex
She had been a pilot in the RAF Air Transport Auxiliary during WWII, ferrying aircraft between bases, including 4 engined bombers
76
Based Stapleford owned by Mrs. Wilberforce
16.10.78
Sold to Sander Veenstra, Melbourne Vic Australia
Veenstra was a Dutch  businessman living in Melbourne who established a short-lived business venture in the late 1970s to import a variety of British-registered vintage aircraft for re-sale in Australia: Austers, Thruxton Jackaroo, Stinson 108, DH.89 Rapide.  They were shipped to Australia and most were assembled at Berwick near Melbourne,

Veenstra advertised the DH.87 in Australia prior to it being shipped from England
.78
Commercial fisherman Don McBain, Port McDonnell SA signed an agreement to purchase G-AEZG based on his inspection of the aircraft on arrival in Australia.
(McBain had earlier attempted to purchase a DH.87 advertised in sale in South Africa but was forced to drop the purchase due to high shipping cost.)
.79
Shipped to Australia
20.4.79
Struck-off British Register as sold to Australia
4.7.79
G-AEZG arrived crated at Casey Field, Berwick Vic where assembled.
Don McBain inspected it at Berwick prior to assembly and found the condition was satisfactory so his purchase went ahead
27.7.79
Added to Register VH-UXY:  Don A. McBain, Port MacDonnell SA
.79
VH-UXY was ferried from Berwick Vic to Port MacDonnell SA by Don McBain and his son Harvey who was a LAME
3.6.83
UXY noted at Don McBain's airstrip Stringbag International at Mount Schank near Port MacDonnell. VH-UXY's CofA had lapsed. It had previously been maintained by a LAME at Ararat Vic, who had died and his paperwork not yet sorted. UXY will soon be ferried to Mount Gambier SA for CofA renewal.

Also based at this airstrip were Don McBain's DH.82 BPU, and 4 Austers owned by others.
At his house in Port MacDonnell, McBain also had former RAAF DH.82 A17-255 as a restoration project.
10.98
Advertised for sale: VH-UXY s/n 8131, Total airframe time 1,530 hrs, original engine,
red leather interior, very good condition.
1.5.02
noted at Nelson Vic in Don McBain's hangar, with DH.85 VH-BAH
4.11.03
noted at Nelson Vic in Don McBain’s hangar. Plate “G-AEZG” inside the cabin door.
Also in the hangar were Leopard Moth VH-BAH and five Tiger Moths.
5.5.04
Change of ownership: Geoffrey G. Wills, Ocean Grove Vic
15.5.04
visited Caboolture Qld fly-in, recently purchased by Geoff Wills
24.4.05
visited Swan Hill Vic fly-in
1.09
Advertised for sale: total time 1607 hrs, 142hp Gipsy Major 1F.  Not sold.
28.3.15
visited Echuca Vic fly-in

Current


VH-UXY at owner Don McBain's airstrip near Port Macdonnell SA in June 1983.      Photo by Geoff Goodall


Repainted in a "period" style scheme, visiting a fly-in at Swan Hill Vic in April 2005.      Photo by Phil Vabre



                          C/n 8085            DH.87B                                                                                                          G-ADUR
36
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
3.36
Registered G-ADUR
25.3.36
CofA issued
12.2.38
Change of ownership: Rt Hon Lord Lloyd of Dolobran, Hendon
8.7.41
Change of ownership: De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd, Hatfield
41-45
Flew in camouflage as wartime civil-registered DH communications aircraft
6.1.50
Change of ownership: The London Aeroplane Club, Panshanger
6.8.51
noted at Panshanger, under overhaul in a hangar
52
Magazine report: London Aeroplane Club based at Panshanger has a fleet comprising:
4 Tiger Moths, 1 Moth Minor, 1 Auster, 2 Chipmunks and 2 Hornet Moths including G-ADUR
29.9.53
visited Southend, owner London Aeroplane Club
3.55
Change of ownership: L. W. Clark, Elstree.  Based Gatwick
8.55
noted at Gatwick, having CofA renewal inspection 
5.10.56
CofA renewal, owner L. W. Clark
25.5.57
visited Elstree for a fly-in
1.58
based at Panshanger until that airfield closed in 7.59 when it moved to Denham
24.8.58
visited Luton for a fly-in
31.8.58
visited Oxford-Kidlington for a fly-in
19.2.62
Change of ownership: George J. Davidson, Twickenham, Middlesex
11.9.71
Change of ownership notified. Not registered to new owner
13.2.73
Registered Webster Aviation Ltd, Leavesden Aerodrome
26.2.76
Change of ownership: Jannock Loan Co, London
15.3.76
Change of ownership: Spencer R. Flack, Shenley, Herts
28.6.77
Change of ownership: Roger C. Lenton, Cuckfield, West Sussex
16.6.86
Change of ownership: Wessex Aviation and Transport Ltd, Chalmington, Dorchester
9.7.01
Change of ownership: Richard A. Seeley, London
02
Currently airworthy, based on airstrip at Phoenix Farm, Lower Upham
31.5.02
noted at Popham, silver with red trim. Also 29.6.03
04
G-ADUR was among vintage aircraft shipped from Great Britain to New Zealand to take part in the New Zealand Bluff to Cape Air Rally.  Silver with red trim
28.7.04
Struck-off British Register as exported to USA
6.8.04
Registered N9026Y Lonnie E. Autry, Santa Cruz, California
20.8.04
N9026Y visited Antique Airfield, Blakesburg IA.  Still painted as G-ADUR, silver with red trim, with "N9026Y" on the tail and "Experimental" under the cockpit
27.9.04
Struck-off USCR as exported to Great Britain
14.10.04
Restored to British Register G-ADUR: Richard A. Seeley, London
Based Phoenix Farm, Lower Upham
18.8.05
Change of ownership: Willem A. Gerdes, Hailsham
21.8.05
visited Woburn Abbey fly-in, silver with yellow trim
2.6.10
noted at private farm strip, East Tisted, Hampshire
12.6.10
visited RAF Halton fly-in, silver with red trim, "For Sale" sign
.10
Purchased in England by John Fisher, Maryborough, Victoria, Australia
4.11.10
Struck-off British Register, sold to Australia
5.11
Unpacked from crate at Maryborough airfield, assembled as G-ADUR

John Fisher was closely involved in the formation of an aviation museum at Marybough airport, which became The Old Aviators Flying Museum Inc
Two hangars at the airport displayed a variety of vintage aircraft and artifacts, with an emphasis on De Havilland types. 
G-ADUR is displayed in immaculate condition, silver with red trim

John Fisher was killed when his Tiger Moth VH-GVA crashed on takeoff from Maryborough Vic on 27.1.12.  His widow continued his association with the airport museum until its closure in late 2015.
.15
G-ADUR sold to C. J. & P.R. Harvey, Old Buckenham UK
7.12.15
Restored to British Register G-ADUR: C. J. & P.R. Harvey, Old Buckenham


G-ADUR visiting a fly-in at Woburn Abbey in August 1987.                                       Photo by Roland Jahne


Two views of G-ADUR in The Old Aviators Flying Museum at Marybough Vic in September 2015.
 Photos by Dion Makowski




                          c/n 8136            DH.87B                                                                                               SE-AGE
37
Built by De Havilland Aircraft Co Ltd at Hatfield. Production DH.87B
7.9.37
Delivered to Norrkoping, Sweden
18.9.37
Registered SE-AGE  Norrkoping Automobile and Flying Club 

Svensk Flygtjanst
Operated as a target tug for military gunners
12.2.42
Damaged Lake Storuman, Sweden while target towing
.46
Sold by Rune Hedlund, Falkoping, Sweden

Aerobolaget Tengler

E Jerreborn

L Andersson, Hagersten, Sweden
10.62
CofA lapsed
18.11.65
Struck-off Register
91
Owned by Föreningen Veteranflyg, Kungsangen Airport, Norrköping.
Under restoration to airworthy in their hangar at Kungsangen Airport
.95
Restored to Register SE-AGE:  Föreningen Veteranflyg, Norrköping
20.5.95
Rolled out at Norrkoping after extensive rebuild. Blue & silver.
c10
Purchased by Umberto (Bert) Filippi, Perth, Western Australia

Stored in Sweden for several years then shipped to Perth WA
21.3.15
SE-AGE noted at Serpentine airfield WA, parked in Bert Filippi's hangar, wings folded back, blue and silver.  Complete.


DH.87B SE-AGE at Serpentine airfield WA in March 2015.                                              Photo by David Eyre

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                         VISITING HORNET MOTH PK-WDR:

                          DH.87B PK-WDR (c/n 8095) was a new aircraft registered to W. D. Rous of Batavia, Netherlands East Indies
during 1936. Rous was De Havilland Aircraft's agent for the NEI. On 22 September that year Rouse, accompanied by
H. J. van Beekman, departed Batavia in the Hornet Moth for a holiday trip to Australia. They crossed the Timor Sea to Wyndham
then flew to Broome and south down the WA coast, arriving at Perth late in the afternoon of 28 September.

                        On 30 September 1936 Rous and van Beekman departed Perth for Kalgoorlie but did not arrive and were posted
missing.  They had made a forced landing on a dry salt lake after becoming lost while diverting around a severe storm. They
camped with the aircraft for 4 days, using up their small supply of food and water. Eight aircraft took part in an aerial search,
including a Short Scion sent from Adelaide.  They were finally located on 2 October by Captain Charles W. Snook flying an
Airlines(WA) Ltd Spartan VH-URB. He dropped food and water. Next day a MMA Dragon flown by Captain Jimmy Woods
landed alongside the Hornet Moth. Both men were suffering from exposure. After transferring some fuel from the Dragon,
PK-WDR was flown to Kalgoorlie that evening by Aero Club of WA pilot Bob Giles, accompanied by Rous.

                       After resting in Kalgoorlie,  the Dutchmen departed on 6 October 1936 to continue their flight around Australia.
First they made an unsuccessful search for the lake where they made their forced landing with hopes of landing to collect their
abandoned baggage, so continued to Zanthus, Rawlinna and Adelaide. The log book for H. C. Miller's Lockheed Vega VH-UVK
has a notation to a flight Adelaide-Perth on 9 October by MMA Captain James Woods "Half hour search for Dutchmen's baggage
at Zanthus". A truck was sent from Kalgoorlie to collect the luggage, which contained important papers and their passports.
PK-WDR flew on to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Charleville and then completed the adventurous holiday flight back to the
Netherlands East Indies.


PK-WDR at Kalgoorlie WA in October 1936, after being lost for four days.                 Geoff Goodall collection

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Sources:
- Australian Civil Aircraft Register, Department of Civil Aviation and its successors
- DCA Aircraft files, National Archives of Australia, Melbourne
- British Civil Aircraft Register: G-INFO website
- John Hopton: transcripts of DCA & RAAF file entries covering civil aircraft impressments in WWII
- Airframe Logbook Lockheed Vega VH-UVK, Aviation Heritage Museum, Perth
- British Civil Aircraft Since 1919, A. J. Jackson, Putnam, London 1973
- De Havilland Aircraft Since 1909, A. J. Jackson, Putnam, London 1978
- Flypast A record of Aviation in Australia, Neville Parnell & Trevor Boughton, CAA 1988
- Forgotten Flyer The Story of Charles W. Snook, Brian Hernan, Tangee Publishing 2007
- Aircraft Museums and Collections of the World, Benelux, Germany and the Nordic Countries, Bob Ogden, self published 1992
- British CofA allocations series, Air Britain Archive: quarterly journal
- Historic Civil Aircraft Register G-AUAA to VH-UZZ, Bert Cookson, Austairdata 1996
- 1936 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race, Aviation Historical Society of Australia Journal March 1964
- Australian Air Log, monthly journal, 1965-1968
- Allotment of Civil Registration markings, CAB & DCA file, National Archives of Australia,
  Series A705 No.8/103/996 transcribed by Dion Makoswski, published in Man and Aerial Machines, quarterly,
  compiled by T.W.Boughton, April 1990
- Australian-built Aircraft and The Industry, Vol 1, Keith R.Meggs, Finger Four Publishing, Victoria 2009
- Classic Wings Downunder magazine, renamed Classic Wings: editor Graham Orphan: various references to Hornet Moths
- Rag and Tube, monthly journal of Antique Aeroplane Association of Australia, 1977 onwards
- Aviation WA website - 21 March 2015 Serpentine report: SE-AGE


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