VH-UZE  Sikorsky S-38B                              (c/n  214-13)

                                       

                                            These two extremely rare images are the only ones I have ever gleaned of this beast.  They were
                                            contibuted by Jean Lacroix and were taken by his grandfather, who flew the aircraft in New Guinea
                                            in 1937.   Ex NC142M, it was acquired by the Papua Oil Development Company Ltd and arrived
                                            on the S.S. Somerset at Brisbane in March 1937.   It was assembled and test flown on the Brisbane
                                            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.  Jean's somewhat blurry
                                            shot below shows it at anchor off Port Moresby.  On 12 December 1937 the S-38B was written off
                                            when alighting on the Kikori River (probably hit a log).