VH-DHD  (2)  de Havilland D.H.104 Dove                        (c/n 04104)

                          VH-DHD left Hatfield in February 1948 to become VT-CQY, one of four Doves operated by
                                  Airways (India) Ltd.   It was sold to Airlines (WA) Ltd in 1963 as VH-AWA.   When Airlines (WA)
                                  amalgamated with MacRoberston Miller Aviation in 1955 to become MacRobertson Miller Airlines,
                                  the Dove was re-registered VH-MMN.   (Anyone have a decent image of it as either -AWA or
                                  -MMN or both?).    By 1967 it had passed to the Commonwealth Department of Health becoming
                                  VH-DHD.     Whilst with the Department VH-DHD was instrumental in evacuating people from Darwin
                                  to Katherine after Cyclone Tracy in 1974.  Greg Banfield took two images of it.  Above, at Bankstown
                                  in July 1975 carrying Northern Territory Medical Service titling, and immediately below at Camden in
                                  January 1978 when the aircraft was operated by Macarthur Airways on a short lived scheduled service
                                  from Camden, NSW to Canberra.  The photo on the foot of the page by George Canciara was taken at
                                  Essendon in 1989.     Struck off the register in 1983, the deteriorating Dove was rescued by Capt. Ted
                                  Rudge of  Australian Airlines in 1987.   It was restored  and operated by Rudge Air (primarily a charter
                                  outfit) until it crashed into houses in suburban Essendon on 3 Dec 1993, just after the right engine had
                                  failed on take-off.   Fortunately there was no loss of life to either the 2 crew, 8 passengers or to persons
                                  on the ground.