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Type:Silhouette image of generic DH83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.83 Fox Moth
Owner/operator:Major C A Miller
Registration: VH-CCH
MSN: 4044
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Carinya, near Gearys Gap, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:Carinya, near Gearys Gap, NSW
Destination airport:
Registered G-ACCS [C of R 4086] 13.2.33 to The Committee of the British Mount Everest Flight (Houston - Mount Everest Expedition), Heston; as support aircraft for Everest flight. C of A 3759 issued 8.2.33. Departed Heston 16.2.33; flown by The Marquis of Clydesdale.

Badly damaged in sandstorms when torn from pickets Allahabad (or Purnea) 12.3.33. Rebuilt by DH and for sale 12.33 as speed model with coupe head. Sold to Air Transport & Sales Ltd, London W1 [who advertised it for sale 2.34]. Sold to Henleys Ltd and registered [C of R 5305] 16.8.34 to John A Mairs, Portrush, Co.Antrim. Registration cancelled 2.8.36 as sold.

Registered in Australia as VH-UUS [C of R 624] 18.1.37 to Mandated Airlines Ltd, Wau, New Guinea; named "Irene". Overturned on landing following engine failure at Pancake Strip, New Guinea 3.9.37; rebuilt and re-flown 10.38.

Sold 25.6.42 and registere d 6.7.42 to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd, Sydney. Registration cancelled 23.8.43. Impressed into military service with the RAAF as A41-3 27.7.43. To 3 Aircraft Depot Archerfield 8.8.43 and converted to air ambulance. To 2 AAU Archerfield 17.12.43. To 2 Aircraft Depot Evans Head 31.1.45 and to 1 Aircraft Depot Laverton 9.2.45.

Sold 22.2.46 to Federal Methodist Inland Mission, Melbourne (for 250). Re-Sold 11.11.47 and registered VH-UUS 24.12.47 to C W Lanham, Mount Isa, Queensland. Registered 13.4.55 to John & A Bjelke-Petersen. Kingaroy, Queensland.

Registered 15.10.60 to Cropcair Aviation Pty Ltd, Runcorn, Queensland. Registered VH-CCH 31.3.64 to same owner. Crashed Barney View, Queensland 6.12.65 and registration cancelled same day. Remains to Archerfield [by 11.66].

Sold to Maj CA Miller, O'Connor, Canberra (although stored Clifton, Queensland, with parts of VH-UAL after its ditching on 1.8.68). Reported as sold to Strathallan Aircraft Collection but export licence refused.

On rebuild at Fairburn, Canberra 1973. Stored in Major Miller's shed at Carinya, near Gearys Gap, NSW but destroyed in a bush fire 13.2.79.



Revision history:

19-Mar-2013 09:48 Dr. John Smith Added
19-Mar-2013 09:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
13-Dec-2017 01:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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