VH-UND de Havilland D.H.60M Moth
There just have to be better
photos than these two somewhere of this Moth! The above is
from the Aaron Betts family album, and the inscription on the back of
the snapshot says
Frederick L Betts Pilot, Aleck Smith Passenger, Essendon Aerodrome".
was researched and scanned by Graeme
Parsons from a December 1929 edition of the
Argus. It shows the aircraft being assembled having been
U.K. The caption of this shot reads as follows:
"Lady Somers as Airwoman - Melbourne Dec 23
Having obtained a Gipsy Moth (sic) aeroplane from England, Lady
the wife of the
Governor of Victoria (Lord Somers) made a flight of 35
minutes today. Lady Somers
secured her pilot's certificate while in England.
She is a keen Airwoman".
The DCA register attests that the Metal
Moth VH-UND was officially registered to
The Right Honourable Lady Daisy Finola Somers of Malvern, Victoria on
1929. It was sold to C.N. McKay of Sunshine, Vic on 16
February 1931. It then
went to G.B.
Austin of Mt. Eliza before being acquired by Holyman's Airways in May
1936 and going over to Launceston. It passed to A.N.A. in
November 1936 and was
still on their asset register when it was impressed into service with
the RAAF in July 1940
A7-102. It was reduced to spares in February 1941.