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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 140513
Last updated: 13 September 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)
Registration: A3-2
MSN: 6314
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAAF Laverton, Melbourne, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAAF Laverton, Melbourne, Victoria
Destination airport:RAAF Laverton, Melbourne, Victoria
C of A 5304 issued 17.1.36 to De Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd. Australian registration VH-UVG allocated but not formally registered on arrival. To RAAF [instead] as A3-2 in 4.36 (in replacement of A3-1, see VH-UFF).

The A3-2 is still carrying its call sign VH-UVG, as it was pressed into RAAF service to begin work based at Port Hedland as part of the North Australian Survey Flight (NASF). The A3-2 was forced to land ninety miles north of Newcastle Waters on 13.4.36 when it exhausted its fuel. The crew, Flight Lieutenant W. L. Hely, Aircraftmen R. B. Sherwood and H. Walkington, were uninjured although A3-2 sustained severe damage to the undercarriage in the landing.

Found 22.4.36 and eventually trucked to No.1 Aircraft Depot at Laverton for rebuild. Returned to service early Feb 1937, and again forced landed on dried up lake bed in Gibson Desert at 13:45 on 21.5.37. Salvaged on site and flown out 30.5.37.

Crashed 3.2.38 and destroyed landing at RAAF Laverton, Melbourne, Victoria. While on approach to land after a training flight, the aircraft made a steep turn at low altitude and a wingtip struck the ground, causing the aircraft to cartwheel. Completely wrecked.

Pilot Flying Officer D. McLean, W/T Operator A. C. McLean (no relation) and third crew member L/AC G. A. Everingham escaped with minor cuts and bruising. Total flying time in RAAF service: 550 hours


6. Garing: A Biography of Air Commodore WH Garing By Jim Turner


Northern Territory. RAAF salvage crew loading the fuselage of the Dragon Rapide aircraft A3-2 onto a truck. The wings and engines have been removed to facilitate the salvage operation. The detached wings are seen at left and at right, behind the fuselage. Crashed Dragon Rapide 1936 (AWM P02307.034)

Revision history:

22-Dec-2011 19:17 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Mar-2014 02:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 00:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 18:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
22-Feb-2019 23:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
19-Mar-2019 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Embed code, Narrative]

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