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  DH.83 Fox Moth Registration VH-UUS Serial Number A41-3
RAAF
2 AAU

Aircraft History
Built by de Havilland at Stag Lane, Edgeware, Middlesex in the United Kingdom. Constructors Number 4044. The aircraft made its first flight at Stag Lane on February 7, 1933. Registered in the UK as G-ACCS.

Sold to Mandated Airlines Ltd, New Guinea, in 1936. Registered as VH-UUS on July 8, 1936. Named "Irene" in 1937. On September 3, 1937, took off from Ioma Airfield piloted by Norman D. Fader and force landed at Pancake Strip, pilot unhurt in the crash. Afterwards, repaired.

Wartime History
During January 1942 the aircraft was one of the few civilian aircraft to escape damage or destruction caused by Japanese air raids. It was then used to evacuate civilians from Wau to Port Moresby.

On February 1, 1942, the aircraft was used to evacuate Mr Fred J. Howard from Wau then flew to Ioma Airfield were Sgt Richards and Sgt who survived the ditching of Hudson A16-106 were flown to Port Moresby.

This aircraft continued to make evacuation flights from Wau to Port Moresby until departing New Guinea on February 10, 1942 on a flight bound for Australia, flying via Horn Island. On June 26, 1942 assigned to Qantas Empire Airways Ltd .

On August 8, 1943 this Fox Moth VH-UUS was impressed into service with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as Fox Moth A41-3. No known nickname or nose art. Assigned to 2 Air Ambulance Unit (2 AAU).

Post War
During December 1945, this aircraft was offered for sale as part of military disposals of equipment. On February 20, 1946 sold to the Federal Methodist Inland Mission for £250. It was restored on the civil register as VH-UUS on December 24, 1947.

Today
The remains of this aircraft are reportedly under restoration in the Mothcair hangar at Murwillumbah, NSW.

References
DH.83 Fox Moths in Australia
ADF Serials - Fox Moth A41-3
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for his assistance with this profile

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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