VH-UMU  de Havilland D.H.60M Moth            (c/n  1376)


                            This photograph, from the CAHS collection via Phil Vabre shows the aircraft at the old Coode
                            Island Airport, near Melbourne.  The building in the background is that of the "LASCO School
                            of Flying". VH-UMU was imported in 1929 and registered to a Mr. W.R. McPherson.  It had
                            many owners over the years, and in 1936 was entered into the Adelaide Centenary Air Race
                            from Brisbane to Adelaide.  An image of it in a line up of aircraft awaiting the start of the race
                            can be seen in my entry for VH-UTG.  Following several prangs and owners it was finally
                            struck off the register in 1945.     The machine in the background in the above shot is another
                            D.H.60M (VH-UNP) which, until 1936 resided in Queensland.  It was not until 1936 that it
                            came to the Melbourne area.  Hence this photograph was probably taken in the mid to late
                            1930s.   The photo of -UMU below is from the Peter Spillett collection when the Moth was
                            named 'Marie'.  This could have been when it forced landed at Elsey Station at Mataranka
                            in the Northern Territory on 7 February 1940.  It was salvaged and sent for repair to Qantas
                            in Archerfield.   At the foot of the page is a photo of it following a crash at Dimboola, Victoria
                            on 1 January 1937.  Owned by V. Wendt of the Ballarat Aero Club at the time, it was being
                            flown by J.W. Bennett who was also its pilot when it was entered into the 1936 Brisbane-Ade-
                            laide Air Race.    (Bennett went on to be a pilot for Canadian Pacific flying the trans-Pacific