VH-UKQ  Simmonds Spatan                                              (c/n  5)


                                        These two images are via Dennis Gray and were taken by his uncleWilliam T. Gray in New Guinea.
                                        Unfortunately the rego is not identfiable in either one.    Above, the Spartan is seen at Bulldog Aero-
                                        drome in Papua in March 1936, whilst below it is on a beach at Salamaua, New Guinea following
                                        a forced landing there due to engine failure in December of 1935.   49 Spartans were buillt between
                                        1928 and 1932 at a factory at Woolston, Hampshire, UK (test flown at Hamble).        Four or five
                                         found their way to Australia.    VH-UKQ was first registered to Robert Bryse and Co Pty Ltd of
                                         Melbourne in April 1929.  Possibly that company was a dealer since it was sold to Taylor and Ross
                                         Air Transport of Lae, New Guinea in July of 1929.   It then had many owners in New Guinea until
                                         it was written off in an emergency landing crash at Goroka, between Bena Bena and Kaitantu, Eastern
                                         Highlands, New Guinea on 15 April 1942.    It was abandoned since the advancing Japanese Armey
                                         was close at hand.    However, VH-UKQ had one last flight!     In early June 1942, USAAF pilot
                                         Lt. John Feltham is reported to have been injured when his USAAF bomber made a forced landing
                                         near Kainantu.  A week later he and his crew walked to the deserted trading post at Bena Bena, where
                                         they repaired the Spartan and, using motor fuel, flew it out but crashed when unable to climb above
                                         the mountainous terrain.  Lt. Feltham was badly hurt and trapped in the wreck for five hours.    His
                                         crew carried him out on a litter