Used to connect Sydney with Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. Ditched near Kavieng, PNG, on March 15, 1940. Salvaged a week later but the airframe collapsed as it was lifted on to the deck of the salvage schooner.
The first aircraft to fly from the UK to Australia seen here at what is believed to be Charleville where it needed repairs. The flight had officially ended at Darwin but the crew, the Smith brothers, Shiers and Bennett travelled on to eventually reach the brothers' hometown of Adelaide via the east coast capitals. The Vimy is today preserved at Adelaide. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
VH-USG was being delivered to Qantas when it crashed soon after departing Longreach killing the three crew and one passenger. As can be seen in the photo, the fin had failed. The problem was a defective fin-trim mechanism and similar faults were found in the rest of the Qantas DH86 fleet. Poor quality control at DH to blame. -USG was neither registered in the UK nor Australia at the time but was being ferried on a UK Certificate of Airworthiness. Photo from: State Library of Queensland
Ex RAAF aircraft that was declared unserviceable after being damaged by hail in 1946 while stored at RAAF Rathmines. Purchased by Bryan Monkton and converted to BOAC Hythe standard with 36 seats. Registered to Trans Oceanic Airways and used on inaugurate flights from Sydney to Grafton, Hobart and eventually Port Moresby. Lost a propeller and reduction gear near Sydney on April 16, 1951. Repairs abandoned after corrosion found in wing spar. Scrapped. Photo from: State Library of Queensland