De Havilland DH 89 Dragon
The gorgeous photo above of Holyman's Airways
'Memma' comes from the
collection, via the archives of the Civil Aviation Historical
Society. This Rapide had originally been
imported in July of 1935 for
survey duties with the RAAF and was serialed A3-1.
It was only in
military roundels for five months before being sold
on the civilian market in December 1935 to
Holymans Airways as VH-UFF 'Memma". In November 1936 it
passed to Australian National
Airways when that company took over Holymans. It was sold to
Airlines of Australia Ltd in 1938,
the same name.
In July 1940 it joined the RAAF again, this time as A33-3.
It was re-
civlianized in November 1943 for Guinea Airways.
In 1947 it went to Airlines(WA) Ltd before
being sold to aircraft dealers
& Dureau Ltd of
Melbourne in October 1948 for aerial photo-
graphic survey duties. My
shot below was taken at Essendon
Airport in 1954.
exported to New Caledonia in 1956,
becoming F-OAVG for Transpac.
The humid jungle of that
island took a terrible toll
on the old lady
and it was only operated for a
year, before being retired
on 2 February 1957 at
for another Transpac D.H.89, F-OATC.
At the foot of the page are
a couple of pictures from the Geoff Goodall collection showing F-OATC
and the remains of F-OAVG at Noumea in