Beardmore WB.XXIV Wee Bee
Formerly G-EBJJ, VH-URJ was imported into Australia in
1933. The Wee Bee was designed
by W. S. Shackleton and
built in Scotland at the Dalmuir works of William Beardmore &
It was the company's winning entrant in the 1924 Lympne light aeroplane
trials. The diminutive craft
by a Bristol Cherub 32 hp engine.
built, although VH-URJ is the
only one to have
made it to Australia. The photo above is from my own
iately below is an image from the Len Dobbin
courtesy of the Civil Aviation
Society. In 2011
I was contacted by Aaron Betts whose grandfather, Fred Betts, acquired
Wee Bee in October 1938.
Fred hit a rock upon landing at Pomberneit, Victoria (where he was
proprietor of the local service station) and broke the Wee Bee in half.
At the foot of the page
from Aaron's collection, the latter two showing the wreckage. The
tail of the machine
had the inscription:
"Wee Bee I"
British Light Plane
Charles Mac Kay indicates that it appears to have existed after the war
up until about
1950, and was
owned by Vincent Boyes. It appears not to have had a current CofA
at that time, since
DCA records reflect that it was stricken from the
register in August 1940.