de Havilland D.H.82A Tiger Moth
1,085 Tiger Moths were
built in Australia by de Havillands at Bankstown. The
machine was first flown in late
1940. Not all of them went to the RAAF, some 62 being taken
up by the Dutch East
Indies Air Force, 41 went to India and a couple went to Burma.
WW II large numbers were civlianized, going to both clubs and also used
for top dressing duties.
to those Tiger Moths built by D.H.
Australia, some 21 civilian Tigers (all Hatfield-built)
impressed into military service during the
hostilities. In fact, in the above
photo, from the
Memorial Museum collection, all three of these Tigers were ex-civilian
suspect the photo was taken early in 1940 prior to the local built
machines were delivered. The
aircraft, A17-685, was formerly VH-UYR imported in 1937 for the Royal
Club It had crashed near Mornington in January 1939 but was
rebuilt and impressed into service
in July 1940.
A17-684, (c/n 82186) in the middle of the three, was ex G-AFNM
and was to have
VH-ADO. In the event the war intervened and it was immediately
impressed into service
with the RAAF. After the war it was civilianized as VH-BIN.