Nice shot from the Howard K. Morris collection (via
Geoff Goodall) of a Dragon at Mascot in
This was previously RAAF A34-61, purchased ex RAAF disposals by Howard
Morris, a veteran
pilot and engineer, whose company Morris Air Service carried out the
Mascot. It was sold to New Guinea to the Sepik River Trading Co
1948, and later
went to Qantas and several other operators in New Guinea. On 2 August
it crashed in a
mountain gorge near Wapenamunda killing the owner/pilot Bill Passlow.
Adventist missionary passengers were injured but later gave the
definitely sacrificed his life so that we, his passengers, could live.
He could see
coming and planned his actions to the last degree. He flew
the plane on the port
side of the gorge, thus giving security to the passengers strapped on
the starboard side.
everything he knew. He at last said "Gentlemen, hang on
tightly. We are not
going to make it."
The shot below of -AOT is from the album of Dr, Alan. J. Wood, a
flying doctor out of
Cloncurry in the 1940s. This might indicate that this Dragon was
also used as an air ambulance
time in its career. Clearly the landscape is NW Queensland,
rather than New Guinea.