The Douglas DC-2 VH-USY
"Bungana" was the
first "modern" all metal airliner to be delivered in
It was originally ordered by Holyman's Airways, Ltd (a
forerunner of Australian National
Airways) in 1935 and delivered to
that company's Launceston, Tasmania headquarters on April 29,
1936. When ANA took over in November of
that year, VH-USY passed
to the newly formed airline.
It served ANA well for ten years,
and was finally scrapped at Essendon in 1947. The upper
graph was taken at Essendon in 1935 and shows
the machine with Holyman's insignia on the fin. The
# 2 shot below is very poor (even though it came
from Australian National Airways) but does show
"Bungana" with the now
modified "ANA Star" flag on the fin. Following that (#
3) is an image from
the Ivan Hodder collection (courtesy of the
via Phil Vabre) was taken in the hangar
at Forrest, South Australia in February of 1942
those, for those of us who were alive and
remember those times).
VH-USY apparently needed a (port) wing
replacement. Some reports indicate
that a spare was flown up from Melbourne underneath
DC-3. Sounds like a hairy operation, if true.
also indicate that a USAAF ground crew who happened to be on hand at
Forrest gave the
ANA fitters a hand in the work. Don't forget
that at that time every aircraft was critically needed. A
Japanese invasion of
the northern regions of Australia was quite on the cards and every
craft was desperately needed in the air.
You do what you gotta do, mates. Finally, at the foot of the
page is a nice shot (# 4) of "Bungana" from
the Sam Hood Aviation collection (via the State Library of
New South Wales) taken at an unknown location.