was a pre-War DC-3 delivered to Airlines of Australia Ltd. in November,
1937. It was
It was leased,
temporarily, to the RAAF in 1939 (upon the outbreak of war) as
but was soon relinquished
back to the civil airline
market in 1940. ANA took it over in 1943.
night of December 29th,
1948 on a positioning
flight from Launceston to Melbourne (i.e. there
were no passengers
weather at Essendon was
experiencing severe thunderstorms and
the flight was diverted to Mangalore, an
airport some miles north of the
original destination. The pilot
touched down short of the runway at
Mangalore with the result that VH-UZJ
was broken in half just
aft of the wing root as seen in the image at the
foot of the page from the Bruce Robinson collection.
Immediately below is another
evocative shot from Bruce's grandfather's album showing -UZJ over
Sydney Heads, circa 1938.
Incidentally, the crash of this DC-3 was the was
the fourth major
accident for ANA in almost
months. Fortunately the airline was able to
pull itself out of
than spectacular period in its
history, and went on to become a large national carrier.