Havilland D.H.86B Express
On 30 May 1937 W.R. Carpenter
Airlines opened an Australia to New Guinea air mail service.
initially using D.H.84
Dragons. In 1938 three new D.H.86Bs were added to the fleet to
Sydney - Port Moresby -
Salamau - Rabaul route. VH-UYU was the first one delivered
arrived in Sydney in March 1938. It was named 'RMA Carmania', and is seen above
Archerfield?) in this shot by Gus Grulke, courtesy of the John Wilson
collection. The service
suspended in January 1942 when the frequency of Jap raids on New Guinea
further participation impracticable, not to say
unhealthy. VH-UYU was impressed into RAAF
in 1941 becoming A31-8.