Accident de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth VH-USK, Tuesday 26 September 1950
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Date:Tuesday 26 September 1950
Type:de Havilland DH.85 Leopard Moth
Owner/operator:Roy L Beresford
Registration: VH-USK
MSN: 7084
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Curragh Station, Cunnamulla, QLD -   Australia
Phase: Landing
Nature:Illegal Flight
Departure airport:Farnham Downs Station, Eulo, Queensland
Destination airport:Cunnamulla, Queensland (YMUR)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 26/9/1950, VH-USK was damaged beyond economic repair due to an unauthorised night flight whilst landing at Curragh Station, Cunnamulla, Queensland. (Anecdotal reports say aircraft crashed at night, the owner flying it while intoxicated). The registration VH-USK was formally cancelled by the DCA on 13/5/1951.

VH-USK was first registered in December 1934 to J.J. Thorpe of Armadale, WA, It was owned by the Beresford family of Cunnamulla during and immediately after WW II (March 1939 to September 1950). Its survival into the 21st century was down to it being placed in long-term storage from 1950 to 1975 as a source of spares for VH-UVF. In the event, it was never used as such...

Between April 1975 and May 2009, VH-USK rebuilt to airworthy standards and restored to the register to Greg P Challinor t/a Mothcair Aviation, Stokers Siding, New South Wales. First flown again in May 2009.


1. The Moth, Enterprise # 147

Revision history:

23-Apr-2010 10:16 Petro Added
14-Jan-2013 14:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Mar-2014 03:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Mar-2014 23:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location]
23-Mar-2014 23:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport]
09-Jun-2022 22:25 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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