VH-UQK  de Havilland D.H.80A Puss Moth              (c/n  2067)

                                     This photograph, from the Geoff Goodall collection shows the Puss Moth VH-UQK departing
                                     Mascot on 9 October 1935 for an attempt on the Australia-England record, flown by O.F.Y.
                                     Thomas and F. R. Maguire.  It departed Darwin two days later and indeed, made it to England
                                     (but whether a record was broken or not I don't know) becoming G-AEIV.    It was later
                                     impressed during the war as  DP853, but struck off charge in September 1942.   (Poor old
                                     thing was probably worn out).  All Puss Moths had their Certificates of Registration suspended
                                     in September 1932, pending investigation on a number of crashes.  Most were restored within
                                     six months, but -UQK's was not done so until the following July.