VH-UPP de Havilland D.H.60
The images in this entry are via
Nhill, Victoria historian Kevin OReilly. VH-UPP had been
Australia as G-EBPP, a demo machine, by de Havilland Aircraft Pty Ltd
immediately below), It was flown across from
Perth, WA (where it had been off
Melbourne by Geoffrey de Havilland's brother, Hereward.
It was registered
out of sequence) G-AUPP, allowing it to carry its 'last two'.
Initially sold to
Co of Sydney, it was sold again in January 1929 to L.F. Pratt of
Victoria, and changed its
registration to VH-UPP on 30 October of that year. A year
was sold to W. Rhodes and J.W. Paulden of Ballan, Victoria. .By
the time the photo at the
foot of the page was taken, I suspect it had been registered
VH-UPP. The name on the nose
appears to be 'Eaglehawk'.
Any clues, anyone?
On 27 January
1931 it was being flown by John Paulden and Eric Morris.
that the engine
seemed to have quit* at about 1000' on descent into Belmont Commons
Geelong. The aircraft evidently stalled in from some
200' . Paulden and Morris (popularly
known as 'Exide
Eric', due to his battery business) were both killed. C.D. Pratt,
tutor of Paulden
and Morris was
flying another Moth some 30 feet above them when the accident happened
(seems a little close?).
* Previous owners had
reported the tendency for engine failure on this particular machine.