VH-UXT de Havilland D.H.89A Dragon
Oddly, pictures of this Rapide have
proven difficult to glean. Strange, since the aircraft was
in May 1937 and
worked for Australian National Airways Ltd as "Mundoora" until it was
into RAAF service as
A33-4 in July 1940. (Possibly because for most of
1938 it was out of service
following a crash at
Kingscote on Kangaroo Island, SA on 5 February 1938, until rebuilt
later in that
year). The lo-res
image above is via the State
SA and shows -UXT with some officers and
diggers at Mt.
Gambier Airport in 1938. Following its impressment in July
1940 it was demobbed
April 1942 for
Airlines of Australia,
but transferred back to ANA after three months. The images below
are from the John M.
Smith collection via the South Australian Aviation Museum and depict
Rapide at Broken Hill and (lower) following one of two crashes.
These were either the one mentioned
above on Kangaroo
Island or the one where it was written off when it overran the strip at
Tasmania on 18 August
1943 and wound up in a ditch. Geoff Goodall, who supplied these
inclined to believe
this photo is that of the former crash, since in it, the aircraft
appears to be rebuildable.