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Dale Bascomb adds:
This F.13 was painted white with black lettering with VH-UKW on the fuselage. The nose was painted black with "Mt. Wedge" on the left side of the cockpit. The lower surface of the wings were painted black with large VH-UKW in large white letters.
Eyre Peninsula Airways ceased operations during October 1930. This aircraft was retained by director J. H. Moate then flown to Kalgoorlie on December 18, 1930. Next, owned by Goldfields Air Navigation Co. Ltd. (founded by J. H. Moate) in Kalgoorlie on January 7, 1931. Registered February 18, 1931. It was damaged at Merredin, WA, February 20, 1931 during a Perth-Kalgoorlie flight.
On October 31, 1931 purchased by Guinea Airways Ltd. for £650. This aircraft retained the registration VH-UKW and was noted as having flown 980 hours when re-registerd on November 5, 1931 but in need of an overhaul which cost £400. Flown by Captain Charles W. Snook to Sydney.
New Guinea Service
Operated the first Port Moresby to Kokoda Airfield service on September 28, 1932. It operated the first official Port Moresby-Lae-Wau air mail flight on September 30, 1932 piloted by F. Drayton and operated mainly Port Moresby-Lae-Wau & later to Kokoda.
During August 1932, the engine was replaced with a 425hp Bristol Jupiter VI engine replacing the original the 310hp Junkers L-5 engine. Returned to service on December 1, 1932.
On August 28, 1932 forced-landed at Kokoda Airfield. Repaired it was afterwards fitted with an additional fuel tank during December 1932. After a forced-landing, due lack of fuel on December 1, 1933, it was fitted with an extra fuel tank.
It was struck off register on November 4, 1935. A Pratt & Whitney A2 engine was installed and registration renewed on November 11, 1935.
Another accident was after a landing, on November 11, 1937 piloted by Syd W. Wiltshire at Slate Creek and was badly damaged. Repaired, it later crashed on October 15, 1938 at Salamaua Airfield when the undercarriage collapsed pilot by W. J. Robins who was unhurt.
On August 26, 1939 took off piloted by Les H. Ross. During the flight, this aircraft suffered an engine failure and crashed at Narakapor Airfield near Nadzab. After the crash, it was damaged beyond repair and written off. Another source states this aircraft was destroyed by the Japanese on January 21, 1942. Struck off register on March 11, 1942. The ultimate fate of this aircraft is unknown, likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.
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