VH-UZE Sikorsky S-38B
photos on this page are the only images I have been able to glean of
this beast. Above
immediately below were contributed
by Jean Lacroix and were taken by his grandfather,
aircraft in New Guinea in 1937. Leon Hides sent in the last
photo, indicating it
was probably taken near the family
home on the Kikori River, sometime in 1937.
-UZE was acquired by the Papua Oil Development Company Ltd and arrived
the S.S. Somerset at Brisbane in March 1937. It was assembled
and test flown
River and flown north. It was delayed
considerably on the way to New Guinea by
both weather and
mechanical factors and did not arrive
there until the end of May, 1937.
On 12 December
1937 the S-38B was written
when alighting on the Kikori River
hit a log).