VH-URN de Havilland
D.H. 86 (c/n 2301)
Here's a rare one. This D.H. 86 was delivered
to Holyman's Airways in Launceston
(where I subsequently lived for a number of years)
in 1934 (I was still in the UK at that time,
however). Holyman's naming motif in its early
days was after
Australian cities, in this case
'Miss Hobart'. Later they preferred aboriginal
names, a trend continued by ANA when they
Holymans. Anyway, Holyman's certainly didn't
operate -URN for long, for it
crashed into the cold waters of Bass Strait off Wilson's
Promontory (the southern-
most point on the Australian mainland, and now a
National Park) after only 22 days'
The shot below is
from the CAHS collection and shows the Holyman's flag on the tail with
This flag was adopted by ANA when they took over, by changing the 'HAA'
to 'ANA' between
the star points.