VH-UKN  de Havilland D.H.60G Gipsy Moth               (c/n  972)


                                        Photos of -UKN have been difficult to glean.  The image immediately below is from the
                                        CAHS archives, whilst that above is from a print from my own collection.   This Moth
                                        was allocated to the Victorian Section of the Australian Aero Club in 1929.  It had a
                                        series of crashes and was rebuilt many times over the years.  One of those crashes is
                                        illustrated below in a  photo extracted from the Melbourne Argus of 13 August 1931
                                        The caption read: 'While practising "side slips" over a paddock adjoining the north of
                                        Essendon aerodrome yesterday.     Mr. S. R. Player, a young pupil pilot in the Aero
                                        Club, was involved in a spectacular crash.    The aviator escaped with comparatively
                                        minor injuries, but the Moth machine had the propeller and undercarriage smashed and
                                        one wing crumpled (not to mention the broken fuselage!).   Another notable prang on
                                        this aircraft occurred on 19 March 1932, where it crashed near Port Melbourne an
                                        unauthorized night flight from Essendon, and in yet another event (also in 1932) it
                                        collided on the ground with the Moth VH-UOA.    -UKB eventually passed to the
                                        Royal Victorian Aero Club, in whose tail stripes it is seen in the images here.  It was
                                        impressed into RAAF service in1940 but was too badly bent to be acceptable and
                                        was written off.    Odd that it was not used as an instructional airframe, but possibly
                                        it would have become a lesson in "how not  to repair an aeroplane" and was therefore